Our rearguard has to tighten up – Davies
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.
Jordan Hallam nets Southport’s second goal against Curzon Ashton in the teams’ 2-2 draw at the Tameside Stadium on Saturday