I was happy for a half hour

Southport Visiter - - Film Reviews - BY EMMA SAN­DERS

SOUTH­PORT suf­fered an­other dis­ap­point­ing de­feat on Satur­day as they were beaten 4-1 by Da­gen­ham and Red­bridge.

Andy Preece has faced a tough week in charge as the club’s new man­ager but at some points in the game, he was ex­tremely en­cour­aged by his side’s per­for­mance.

South­port are strug­gling in the rel­e­ga­tion zone but their op­po­nents had been fly­ing at the top of the ta­ble so Preece ad­mit­ted there were pos­i­tive signs to take from the game.

“I still think when we came back out at half-time the game was very even again. We had a few op­por­tu­ni­ties that maybe we could have got it back to 3-2,” said Preece.

“We showed a lit­tle bit of char­ac­ter when we came out. For 30 min­utes we looked like the team at the top of the league, we were con­fi­dent and we took the lead de­servedly.

“We prob­a­bly should have taken the lead be­fore that. I don’t think they went near our penalty spot. We nul­li­fied them.

“We were com­fort­able de­fen­sively but we had to work hard. We caused them all sorts of prob­lems. For half an hour, I couldn’t have been hap­pier.

“But those ten min­utes be­fore half­time prob­a­bly tells a big story. There was no prob­lem. We weren’t ex­posed at any point be­fore then.

“It was one each and we have to go and do what we had been do­ing for 30 min­utes but the next ball that came into the box – it was just a com­edy of er­rors.

“Again, we have to re­act and get through to half-time but we conceded an­other one straight af­ter­wards. That’s what we have to sort out.

“But they showed more than enough in the first half an hour and the way we came out sec­ond half, that we will get out of dan­ger. Ob­vi­ously, we can’t have ten min­utes like that though.”

As well as signs of prom­ise, Preece was with­out three key play­ers on Satur­day as Liam Hynes, Jack Hig­gins and Mag­nus Nor­man all picked up in­juries.

He will be hop­ing they are back in ac­tion soon so South­port can start picking up points and move away from the dan­ger zone.

“In­jured, in­jured, in­jured. We didn’t have any luck be­fore the game. We lost Mag­nus [Nor­man] late so Ma­son [Springth­orpe] got thrown in late,” said Preece.

“He did okay for us in the box. We aren’t go­ing to make any ex­cuses but I thought the lads re­acted to the sit­u­a­tion bril­liantly. They re­sponded.

“The re­sult was dis­ap­point­ing and I hate los­ing games but they gave me some­thing to work with in that first half an hour.

South­port re­turn to ac­tion on Satur­day when they take on Wok­ing and Preece ad­mit­ted he is look­ing to bring in some new play­ers be­fore the next game.

“They are all big games. Those three points are as im­por­tant as any. We just have to go there with the same at­ti­tude as we started [against Dag and Reg]” said Preece.

“It will be tough but there’s no rea­son why we can’t get a re­sult.

“We have to [strengthen the squad.] The num­bers say it any­way but we have to strengthen.

“We’ve worked re­ally hard over the last two or three days to get some lads in and help the ones out who are al­ready here.

“Hope­fully that will come to fruition next week­end and we’ll have a few fresh faces. Through­out the side we need strength­en­ing.”

Images by Si­mon Mar­shall

Jamie Allen puts the pres­sure on Da­gen­ham (above) and Rob­bie Cundy (cen­tre) in an aerial bat­tle

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