I’ll get us back to winning in style
SOUTHPORT manager Liam Watson has asserted he will take the club back to ‘where it needs to be’ despite a difficult start to his third spell in charge of the Sandgrounders.
Watson could only watch as his side conceded two late goals to lose 3-1 at Alfreton Town on Monday evening following the weekend’s 2-2 draw with Ashton United.
Elliot Osborne equalised with 15 minutes remaining for Southport after Jack Sampson had missed an earlier penalty but Alfreton struck twice in the final 11 minutes to take all three points.
“I don’t think the players deserved that,” the manager said following Southport’s fifth defeat in seven games this term.
“They’ve actually turned up and performed. When you come to Alfreton or other big sides you’ve actually got to compete or you’ll get bullied.
“The players are galvanised and they’ve had a go. We’ve got an equaliser and missed the penalty.
“I think the game could have went either way but the comeback and the commitment levels from Saturday, we’ve just got to take the positives from it and keep on improving.”
Watson bemoaned injuries to new signings Dean Winnard and Andy Parry with the Sandgrounders lingering in the relegation zone after seven games but admitted his squad is yet to reach its finest form.
“We have to find what the right balance is but I think it’s coming and we’ve just got to be a little patient,” he added.
“August has been horrific for us. One win and a draw out of seven games is nowhere near what we’d expect.
“At the moment we’re conceding soft goals. It comes down to leadership as we’re trying to get the balance.
“We need Dean in the team purely for his organisational ability. In an ideal world we’d have a fit Andy Parry but we don’t have that at the moment.
“It is where we are but we’ll keep cracking on, keep going, working hard and we will get the club back to where it needs to be.
“It takes time. There will be people who move onto pastures new by the time we can bring in what you’d consider my own players or group together.
“There has to be different personnel coming in when we can move one or two going out and that will happen.”