We were second best says Watson
MANAGER Liam Watson is confident that Southport can learn the lessons from their defeat at Brackley Town and get their season back on track.
Despite their improved recent form, the Sandgrounders were beaten convincingly in Northamptonshire as they fell to second-bottom in the Vanarama National League North.
Southport have played a number of the division’s leading teams during the first two months of the campaign and Watson says the areas for improvement area clear to see.
“There was a gulf between the teams, Brackley were better than us, but that shouldn’t mean they win,” he said.
“Our work-rate in the first half was poor, we didn’t press or get close to them, and the two goals from a defensive point-of-view were shambolic.
“We were second-best all over the pitch in the first half. There was a slight improvement after that but the game had gone.
“We didn’t play with enough intensity at the start, we let them dominate the play and they bossed it in the midfield areas.
“We had an early chance and in a similar way to recent games when we’ve missed penalties, you can see the heads of the players drop. It’s something that hasn’t gone our way and it would have given us something to hold onto.
“It’s come as a bit of a shock because we’ve been playing well of late but we’ve got to brush ourselves down and get ready for Cuzon Ashton in the FA Cup.
“We’ve come across all the teams in the top six and we’ve got to be honest in that we haven’t bee close to any of them. That’s the gulf and that’s where we need to improve.
“It’s going to take time. If you look at Brackley, this is their third year with the manager and they are going to be there or thereabouts this season.
“As a club, we’ve got to build and as things develop we will improve. People will be writing us off but it’s important we stick together because it is a collective effort.”
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