I felt sorry for Ross, says Schu
STEVEN SCHUMACHER has told Ross Sykes not to dwell on the error which cost Southport a point against Spennymoor Town last Saturday afternoon.
Two days after he signed on loan from Accrington Stanley, Sykes registered a hugely-impressive debut but it was from his error that the Sandgrounders conceded the deciding goal in stoppage-time as they slumped to a sixth straight defeat.
Sykes has joined until January and Schumacher, taking control of his first game in interim charge after the departure of manager Alan Lewer, says the defender will be a major asset in the coming weeks.
“I felt sorry for Ross because he was brilliant but his individual error has cost us,” Schumacher said.
“I’ve told him not to worry and it’s important that he doesn’t dwell on it because his performance overall was outstanding.
“When I spoke to some of the coaches at Accrington earlier in the week, they said Ross was composed on the ball and read the game well but I didn’t expect him to be as good as he was.
“Unfortunately for Ross, he tried to bring the ball down to probably start another counterattack but he’s slipped.
“He’s a young lad and I’m sure he’ll learn from it.”
Southport’s search for a new manager continues and they are expected to make an appointment before their next game at home to Gainsborough Trinity a week on Saturday (October 21).
The defeat sees the Sandgrounders fall to 16th place in the Vanarama National League North, but Schumacher thinks the players have shown enough to suggest that results will improve.
“The most important thing was for us to get a performance and we did,” he added.
“When we got back into the game, I thought there was only going to be one winner but you can’t make mistakes like we’ve done in recent weeks.
“We worked hard on trying to give the players a structure and a basic organisation, and to a man they carried that out.”