Our rear­guard has to tighten up – Davies

Midweek Visiter - - Sport - BY ALAN JONES

KEVIN DAVIES has ex­plained to his South­port play­ers that de­fen­sive im­prove­ments are an over-rid­ing pri­or­ity af­ter watch­ing them take only a point hav­ing been pegged back at Cur­zon Ash­ton last Satur­day.

Of the four draws since Davies took charge, three have seen the Sand­grounders take the lead only to let it slip, as their short­com­ings at the back have proved costly.

Con­ced­ing goals has been a prob­lem since South­port’s 10-match win­less run be­gan and, for Davies, greater re­silience is needed to end that wait for a vic­tory.

“We’re con­ced­ing too many goals and we’ve told the play­ers that,” said Davies.

“We are let­ting in goals at the wrong times, whether it’s at the end of games, just be­fore half-time or when we’re on top.

“We asked for a re­ac­tion in the sec­ond half against Cur­zon and in terms of the shape we got it.

“There’s plenty to work on and the man­ner that we’re con­ced­ing goals is my ma­jor con­cern at the mo­ment.

“We cre­ated plenty of chances in the first half. The play­ers put in a good shift and I’m proud of them in many ways be­cause this is a dif­fi­cult place to come.

“We’ve got good play­ers in our squad and they’re com­ing to­gether as a group. We’ve been work­ing on things and you can see that trans­fer into some of our at­tack­ing play which was good.”

South­port know that de­fen­sive im­prove­ments will be nec­es­sary tonight when they travel to third-placed Brack­ley Town – kick-off 7.45pm – and on Satur­day, when they host Blyth Spar­tans, who oc­cupy fifth po­si­tion in the Va­narama Na­tional League North.

Brack­ley have won their last four matches and are yet to lose this sea­son at home, al­though Blyth, new to this di­vi­sion af­ter pro­mo­tion last sea­son, tend not to travel well.

Satur­day’s match at the Merseyrail Com­mu­nity Sta­dium kicks off at 3pm.

Trust In Yel­low will again be hold­ing a food col­lec­tion at Satur­day’s match to help the South­port Soup Kitchen.

Do­na­tions can be made at the Trust of­fice and the items needed in­clude tea, cof­fee, bis­cuits, cakes, sugar, and condi­ments such as ketchup or brown sauce. They are also look­ing for pasta, sauces, tins of veg­eta­bles, soup, tins of meat or pies, but­ter, spread and cake or bis­cuits.

Si­mon Mar­shall

Jor­dan Hal­lam nets South­port’s sec­ond goal against Cur­zon Ash­ton in the teams’ 2-2 draw at the Tame­side Sta­dium on Satur­day

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