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Manager's verdict on victory at City of Liverpool

Linnets boss Billy Paynter was pleased to get off the mark at the second attempt after seeing the reaction he wanted from his players to the defeat first time out.

He praised the attacking play, which brought three goals in the second half, but saw room for improvement defensively - particularly with the  nature of the two goals conceded in a 3-2 victory at City of Liverpool.

Linnets twice held a two-goal lead at Berry Street Garage Stadium on Tuesday but mishaps at the back allowed the Purps to stay in the game.

Billy spoke to media manager, Sam Phillips after the game. Here's what he had to say:

"After the disappointing result on Saturday I expected a response and away to COL, it wasn’t going to be an easy task but I set the challenge to my players. I wanted three points.

"I made a few changes to the side to shake and freshen things up.

"Will (Saxon) and Kenny (Brown) caused problems in the wide areas with clever runs in behind.

"Will, when running with the ball, attracts opposition numbers towards him which creates space for Doyley, Lynchy and Jacques. This worked fantastic for Doyley's goal.

"I was really impressed how composed Jacques was in finishing his long-range effort with such control.

"The subs came on and made and impact and worked well in the build- up to Ryan Brooke's penalty.

"We came under a lot of direct pressure, which we expected, but to concede two goals how we did was not good enough.

"The fans were in full voice as always, thank you for your support."

Pictures by Tom Paul

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