Gulf in class clear to see

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

SOUTH­PORT boss Liam Watson has called for pa­tience fol­low­ing his side’s 2-0 de­feat at Brack­ley Town last week­end.

The Sand­grounders had drawn three con­sec­u­tive games be­fore ar­riv­ing at St. James’ Park but have now failed to reg­is­ter a league vic­tory since Au­gust.

With the club now se­cond-bot­tom hav­ing won just one of their open­ing 11 games, Watson blasted the ‘sham­bolic’ de­fend­ing he wit­nessed at Brack­ley.

“There was a gulf be­tween the two teams - Brack­ley were bet­ter than us - but that doesn’t mean to say they win,” he said.

“The work-rate in the first-half was poor. We never pressed, we never got close to them, we stood off them and the two goals from a de­fen­sive point of view are sham­bolic.

“One is a hor­rific in­di­vid­ual er­ror and the other is a left-back and left-mid­fielder mark­ing their right-back and they’ve gave the re­spon­si­bil­ity to each other and he’s cut inside and it’s ended up in the bot­tom corner.

“We were se­cond-best all over the place in the first-half. Se­cond-half there was a slight im­prove­ment but the game has gone then.”

Six of South­port’s open­ing 11 fix­tures have in­volved sides cur­rently placed in the Na­tional League North’s top ten - in­clud­ing Brack­ley who went sixth af­ter first-half goals from El­lis Myles and James Arm­son handed them all three points against Watson’s men.

The man­ager, who ar­rived for his third spell in charge of the club this sum­mer fol­low­ing the ax­ing of Kevin Davies, as­serted that it will take time to build an iden­tity at Haig Av­enue.

“You look at the teams up in the top six and we’ve come across them all early and we haven’t been close to them,” he as­sessed.

“That’s the gulf. That’s where we are and that’s where we need to im­prove.

“Teams in the mid­dle-reaches and the lower end we can com­pete with and stay in games.

“We need to take chances and be more clin­i­cal but we need to build.

“If you look at Brack­ley this is [their man­ager’s] third-year [in charge].

“Last year they won a tro­phy and got beat in the play-off fi­nal and they’re go­ing to be up there or there­abouts again.

“It will take a lit­tle bit of time. I know foot­ball doesn’t al­ways work like that but in the­ory as a foot­ball club we have to build our own iden­tity.”

Watson con­tin­ued: “We’re cur­rently try­ing to get them to stay in games but grad­u­ally as we start de­vel­op­ing in train­ing and per­son­nel changes we will im­prove but it’s been a very dif­fi­cult start to the sea­son”.

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