Missed chances laugh­able – Wat­son

Midweek Visiter - - Visiter Sport - BY ALAN JONES

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.”

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