Capital One Cup: Notts County boss Chris Kiwomya delighted with Liverpool display
Notts County manager Chris Kiwomya says he was delighted with his side's performance in their defeat to Liverpool.
Last Updated: 28/08/13 12:11am
The League One outift came from two goals down to take the tie to extra-time at Anfield before goals from Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson sealed a 4-2 win for the hosts.
County are yet to win a league game so far this season, but Kiwomya admitted to be thrilled at how they fared against Premier League opposition.
"I'm very, very happy. I thought the whole squad, the substitutes played a part. I thought it was magnificent," he told Sky Sports.
"I thought we were better second half. We did one or two things a bit different. We ran a little bit better, got a bit more organised and had a look at them."
Moments before Sturridge made it 3-2, the visitors were denied a penalty after Enda Stevens was bundled over in the box, a decision which Kiwomya says was crucial to the outcome.
"I though the penalty might have been the turning point in the game. I thought he catches his left buttock, but sometimes you get them, sometimes you don't," he said.
"I was disappointed with their goal on the counter. I knew they were going to play counter but the most disappointing thing for me was that there was a part of a game where we were trying to play too many balls forward.
"I think Liverpool were resigned to dropping deep when they had ten men and we just had to keep the ball for five or six minutes and move them around to find holes a bit better.
"I'm disappointed from that point of view because I don't think we'll get a better chance to come to Anfield and dominate a game when they've got so many injuries which is unfortunate for them. Those injuries changed the game for us.
"I said I'd rather see forward passes and I think one of the players played a backwards pass and I puts everybody on the back foot. It happened again about another five minutes later, the ball comes up, we play it back and they break on to us.
"The thing is they've got so many tidy players with a turn of pace. You've got Sterling, you've got Sturridge. These guys are quick and once they get one v ones, you're on the back foot.
"But in the end, I thought we coped with them as well as we could do. You need a bit of luck at Anfield and we got that a couple of times. We managed to have a bit of belief in the second half and played a lot better."