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Billy urges players to bounce back from first-day loss

Runcorn Linnets manager Billy Paynter has called for a response from his players after yesterday's 2-1 opening-day home defeat by Chasetown.

The result means Linnets will head to City of Liverpool on Tuesday in search of their first points of the new Pitching In Northern Premier League West campaign.

Substitute Levi Chiduku's debut goal in reply to two from the visitors early in the second half wasn't enough, although Jacques Welsh forced a great injury-time save from Chasetown's keeper, James Wren.

Speaking to media manager Sam Phillips after the game, Billy said:

"I'd like to thank the fans for their support today.

"Disappointing result for us but credit to Chasetown. They were very well drilled and organised in their shape out of possession.

"If and when we have the majority of possession and teams frustrate us by sitting in, we need to be better with our play in breaking through or being patient.

"We were cagey at first with it being our first game of the season. This allowed Chasetown to get a foothold on the game with midfield runners from deep getting them joy higher up the pitch.

"Once we adapted and dealt with it, we started to be more in control in possession.

"We spoke about ways we can try to break through but again, we switch off and concede two in quick succession.

"Subs came on and had an impact in the game, which was pleasing, and they worked well together to pull one back but we need to move the ball a lot quicker.

"We spoke about certain things after the game but that stays in the dressing room

"We need a response now on Tuesday."

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