I’ll get us back to win­ning in style

Southport Visiter - - Visitersport - BY SAM CAR­ROLL sam.car­roll@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @SamCar­roll0

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.”

Liam Wat­son

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