We were sec­ond best says Wat­son

Midweek Visiter - - Sport - BY ALAN JONES

MAN­AGER Liam Wat­son is con­fi­dent that South­port can learn the les­sons from their de­feat at Brackley Town and get their sea­son back on track.

De­spite their im­proved re­cent form, the Sand­grounders were beaten con­vinc­ingly in Northamp­ton­shire as they fell to sec­ond-bot­tom in the Va­narama Na­tional League North.

South­port have played a num­ber of the di­vi­sion’s lead­ing teams dur­ing the first two months of the cam­paign and Wat­son says the ar­eas for im­prove­ment area clear to see.

“There was a gulf be­tween the teams, Brackley were bet­ter than us, but that shouldn’t mean they win,” he said.

“Our work-rate in the first half was poor, we didn’t press or get close to them, and the two goals from a de­fen­sive point-of-view were sham­bolic.

“We were sec­ond-best all over the pitch in the first half. There was a slight im­prove­ment after that but the game had gone.

“We didn’t play with enough in­ten­sity at the start, we let them dom­i­nate the play and they bossed it in the mid­field ar­eas.

“We had an early chance and in a sim­i­lar way to re­cent games when we’ve missed penal­ties, you can see the heads of the play­ers drop. It’s some­thing that hasn’t gone our way and it would have given us some­thing to hold onto.

“It’s come as a bit of a shock be­cause we’ve been play­ing well of late but we’ve got to brush our­selves down and get ready for Cu­zon Ash­ton in the FA Cup.

“We’ve come across all the teams in the top six and we’ve got to be hon­est in that we haven’t bee close to any of them. That’s the gulf and that’s where we need to im­prove.

“It’s go­ing to take time. If you look at Brackley, this is their third year with the man­ager and they are go­ing to be there or there­abouts this sea­son.

“As a club, we’ve got to build and as things develop we will im­prove. Peo­ple will be writ­ing us off but it’s im­por­tant we stick to­gether be­cause it is a col­lec­tive ef­fort.”

South­port travel to Cur­zon Ash­ton in the Emi­rates FA Cup third round qual­i­fy­ing on Sat­ur­day. Coach travel is avail­able to all fans for just £8. Book on­line at south­portfc.net or by tex­ting Bill Sloan on 07952056385.

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