Missed chances laughable – Watson
MANAGER Liam Watson has backed his players to respond in the Emirates FA Cup after admitting to being left scratching his head at Southport’s weekend setback.
The Sandgrounders host Ashton United in the fourth round qualifying this Saturday having been made to pay for their missed chances in the defeat against York City.
It was a difficult result for Watson to take given the level of performance and the manager attributed the defeat to their wastefulness in front of goal.
“I’m devastated that we lost because the first half is probably as well as we’ve played all season,” he said.
“We should have been three of four goals ahead at half-time but instead it was 1-1 and that’s down to us.
“Some of the chances we’ve missed are laughable because there are one-on-ones, players have missed from a matter of yards but in terms of the performance I couldn’t have asked for much more.
“We opened them up down the sides, we got in behind them time and time again but we’ve got to be clinical.
“There’s an element of confidence to it and there are situations where players have got to put their foot through it rather than trying to be too clever.
“The performance dictates where you are as a team. We won at Curzon Ashton in the FA Cup but for me this performance was much better and the football was good to watch.
“I’ve told the lads that they’ve got to concentrate on the performance.”
After wins in the FA Cup against Farsley Celtic and Curzon Ashton, Southport will look to extend their FA Cup run on Saturday against Ashton.
“One of the targets this season was to try and get to the first round of the FA Cup and we’re 90 minutes away from that,” Watson said.
“It’s great financially and it would be good to see if we can get a big club in the next round. If we perform like we did here, we will do the business.”