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FC United of Manchester assistant manager Phil Power expects a better performance when we face Ashton Town on Saturday. Speaking after the 2-2 draw with Winsford United, Power said, "we want to win every game, so clearly we are not happy with how it finished. In the end, the draw was a fair result and we don’t want to take anything away from Winsford; they were the best team we’ve faced this season. However we know that we didn’t perform as well as we can."

Despite having to make a few changes from the team that beat Eccleshall last week, Phil isn’t looking for any excuses. "Yeah we had to make a few changes, and that was out of our hands, but as a team we just looked flat. That can sometimes happen in football and it would be unfair to blame anyone in particular. We had a ’chat’ with the lads after the game, but they knew themselves that they hadn’t played as well as they could."

FC United return to Northwich on Saturday to face Ashton Town, who lost 4-1 to Padiham last night, and Power is looking for a win. "We expect to do better on Saturday" he said, "we have set a standard for ourselves now and we need to live up to that. We’ll be looking to be back to our best by the weekend."

There was praise for Steve Torpey, whose long range strike levelled the score, "It was another great goal," said Power. "We needed some inspiration at that point in the game and he provided it."

Phil was also impressed with substitute Ryan Gilligan’s performance, "He lifted the team when he came on. He’s a strong driving force in the middle and he made a massive difference to the game. He’s definitely pushing for a starting place on Saturday."

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First Posted ~ 12:41 Thu 1 Sep 2005
News ID ~ 67
Last Updated ~ 18:47 Tue 1 Mar 2011