Matches like this can define the season – Morgan
DAVID MORGAN wants Southport to use their Emirates FA Cup win over Ashton United as the springboard to improve their season.
The Sandgrounders overcame the sending off of captain David Lynch to secure their place in the draw for the first round, on the day that results in the Vanarama National League saw them slide to the bottom of the table.
There have been improvements in Southport’s recent performances and Morgan says it is important that his teammates kick-on.
“We’ve probably needed this little break since the start of the season,” said Morgan.
“Games like this can define your season. If we’d have gone out of the cup today, the players would have been so down but instead we’ve got a massive win.
“It can galvanise the group, and getting a win by grafting after going down to ten men is always good to come through.
“It was a typical cup game and either side could have won it, almost like a basketball game. We should have been out of sight in the first half but we know we’ve got it in us to win games and sometimes it’s about getting that little break which we got today.
“Performances have improved lately and I think they have warranted more than recent results but it can come down to fine lines.
“We punished them in the sort of way we have been punished.
“I’ve never reached the first round before and it’s good to be in with some big teams. We know we are better than the league position shows but moments will help us get to where we want to be.”
Manager Liam Watson was pleased with the focus of his players after playing much of the second half with 10 men.
“The last five minutes seemed like half-anhour,” he said.
“The sending off looked like giving them the impetus but I thought we responded really well and we created a lot of chances on the break.
“The work-ethic is something I always go on about and even great players need to work hard. You need to play for the team and sometimes that a while to actually happen but we will instil it.
“It’s always nice to be in the draw for the first round. It’s the best competition in the world and when you get to these stages, the financial implications for clubs are enormous.
“Our run to this stage hasn’t been easy and we’ve had to dig in.
“We need to win games at home. This is our first home win since March and that in itself will give us a huge lift.
“We’ve got games coming up now in the league and we really need to take points.”
The draw for the first round took place yesterday evening after the Midweek Visiter went to press. Full details and reaction to the draw will be Thursday’s Southport Visiter.
Southport have two more home games in the coming week – against Blyth Spartans on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm) and Curzon Ashton next Tuesday evening (kick-off 7.45pm).