AFTER his Warrington Town side reaped the benefits of a change in tactics, Paul Carden was full of praise for their resounding FA Cup replay win at City of Liverpool.

Having only rescued a draw thanks to an injury-time equaliser in Saturday’s initial first qualifying round tie, Yellows blew their hosts away early on Tuesday after Alex Byrne opened the scoring in the first minute.

Mark Roberts and Ben Garrity added further goals to give Town a 3-0 lead at the break, with Tony Gray adding gloss to the scoreline in the second half to book a second qualifying round trip to FC United of Manchester.

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“We spoke after the game on Saturday and we knew we didn’t perform, even though we had a lot of chances,” Carden said after the game.

“We probably had the same amount of chances on Saturday than we did tonight.

“I thought we had a lot more control. We used the ball better, looked dangerous on the break and defended well.

“I think they’ve only had two shots tonight. They were the better team for 65 minutes on Saturday, but we knew what we had to do tonight.

“We controlled the middle of the pitch and when we were attacking, we weren’t as rigid and predictable.”

Garrity was deployed in an advanced midfield role in support of lone striker Gray as Yellows changed shape, with Matty Chadwick moving to the left wing.

However, the most notable change was Bohan Dixon being used deeper in midfield – a change that turned out to be a masterstroke.

“It was in my head to do that on Saturday and I was kicking myself that I didn’t,” Carden said.

“Bohan wants to get on the ball and play and Ben has lots of energy to get into the spaces Tony Gray leaves when he drops deep.

“That caused them problems from the offset.

“Playing Chaddy on the left and Al Byrne on the right gave us that balance as well.”

A crowd of 1,099 packed into Bootle FC’s Berry Street Garage Stadium, with the majority hoping to see City of Liverpool cause an upset.

It produced a cauldron-like atmosphere but Carden credited his side for not allowing it to affect them.

The Town boss was also full of praise for the large and vocal contingent of travelling Yellows fans.

“We didn’t go away from what the game plan was and that was important,” he said.

“It can be hostile here, the place gets bouncing but we scored at good times. To go in at 3-0 really took the wind out of their sails.

“The fans were brilliant, noisy and loud. When they’re packed together, that’s when you hear them.

“I’m made up that they’ve seen a good performance from us. I know it’s not too far for them but it was quite a cool night.”

Yellows did finish the game with 10 men as Garrity limped from the field after Town had used their third and final substitution.

Chadwick had to be replaced as well and Carden provided an update on both players.

“Chaddy’s had a bit of tendonitis in his knee that we’ve had to manage. It was just getting too much for him,” he said.

“Ben’s hamstring tightened up a bit so taking him off was more precautionary. He should be alright.”