Matches like this can de­fine the sea­son – Mor­gan

Midweek Visiter - - Sport -

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).

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