I was happy for a half hour
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.”
Jamie Allen puts the pressure on Dagenham (above) and Robbie Cundy (centre) in an aerial battle