I’ve kicked on and it’s thanks to the gaffer says Nolan

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life - BY ALAN JONES

LIAM Nolan has cred­ited the in­flu­ence of man­ager Steve Burr with bring­ing more goals to his game. Nolan scored twice - in­clud­ing a dra­matic 88th-minute win­ner - as the Sand­grounders came from be­hind to claim an event­ful win against Wrex­ham on New Year’s Day.

The goals took Nolan’s tally for the cam­paign to five, and the 22-year-old mid­fielder has thrived in a more ad­vanced role since the ar­rival of Burr in Septem­ber.

Nolan has been a key player in South­port’s turn­around in for­tunes, and his ex­cel­lent re­cent form was un­der­lined by a de­light­ful win­ning goal, find­ing the net with an ar­row­ing strike from out­side the area af­ter a cross from Ryan McKe­own had been touched down by An­drei Jones.

It se­cured a sig­nif­i­cant win for South­port, lift­ing them back out of the Vanarama Na­tional League rel­e­ga­tion zone af­ter de­feat at Wrex­ham ear­lier in the fes­tive pe­riod.

“It was a great ball in from Ryan and a good knock­down from An­drei,” Nolan said.

“Since the man­ager ar­rived, he’s been on at me to push for­ward and get in and around the box. I hit it sweetly and as soon it left my boot I thought there was a good chance that the ball was head­ing in.

“There were still a few min­utes to go at that stage and it was backs to the wall stuff. Wrex­ham changed for­ma­tion and they made it a lot harder for us in the sec­ond half.

The game was get­ting scrappy and we were strug­gling to get up the pitch at times but we dug it out in the end and it’s a mas­sive win for us.

“I felt we

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