A good win and it could have been more - Liam
MANAGER Liam Watson said Southport’s win in the Emirates FA Cup was the result his team deserved for the progress made in recent weeks.
The Sandgrounders have struggled for results during the opening part of the season, but having previously been frustrated with three straight draws, they secured their place in the third round qualifying with a decisive second-half performance.
“We could have finished it off more emphatically but some people would have looked at this as a potential banana skin and we’ve now lost only one in seven games,” Watson said.
“It’s nice to get some goals because of the chances we’ve missed in recent games, it gets our confidence up and I’m pleased with the players.
“Dan Hanford made a top drawer save when we were leading 1-0 and I though David Morgan was the best player on the pitch.
“I wasn’t happy at half-time because I didn’t think we played with enough intent.
“We’d worked all week on trying to play down the sides of their three centre halves but once we scored we started doing it.”
Reagan Ogle has been among the most impressive performers for Southport, and after an initial month on loan from Accrington Stanley, he agreed last week to extend his stay until the end of the season.
“Everyone wanted that win, no matter which competition it came in,” said the Australian.
“It’s not just getting through to the next round of the cup, we needed a win as a team.
“We kept a clean sheet for the second week in a row, we got some goals and we’ve got to take that into the league.
“The manager wanted us to turn them more in the second half and that’s what we did.
“Once we got the first goal, we really stepped on it and we didn’t let up.
“Getting a clean sheet last week really helped because it showed that the defence is tight.
“I’m enjoying my football here and I’m getting game-time, which is the important thing. We’ve got a great set of lads and I’m looking forward to getting a full season of football.
“I’ve been in this country for eight years and I’ve been at Accrington since then. Football in Australia is a bit different, I moved here when I was 11 and most of my progression has been made through the academy.
“The manager wants me to defend first and foremost but I like to attack. As a team, we now need to push on.”