A good win and it could have been more - Liam

Midweek Visiter - - Sport - By ALAN JONES

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.”

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