We need to close the gap

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SOUTH­PORT boss Liam Wat­son has called for pa­tience fol­low­ing his side’s 2-0 de­feat at Brack­ley Town last week­end.

The Sand­grounders had drawn three con­sec­u­tive games be­fore ar­riv­ing at St. James’ Park but have now failed to reg­is­ter a league vic­tory since Au­gust.

With the club now sec­ond-bot­tom hav­ing won just one of their open­ing 11 games, Wat­son (pic­tured) blasted the ‘sham­bolic’ de­fend­ing he wit­nessed at Brack­ley.

“There was a gulf be­tween the two teams - Brack­ley were bet­ter than us - but that doesn’t mean to say they win,” he said.

“The work-rate in the first-half was poor. We never pressed, we never got close to them, we stood off them and the two goals from a de­fen­sive point of view are sham­bolic.

“One is a hor­rific in­di­vid­ual er­ror and the other is a left-back and left-mid­fielder mark­ing their right-back and they’ve given the re­spon­si­bil­ity to each other and he’s cut in­side and it’s ended up in the bot­tom cor­ner.

“We were sec­ond-best all over the place in the first-half. Sec­ond-half there was a slight im­prove­ment but the game has gone then.”

Six of South­port’s open­ing 11 fix­tures have in­volved sides cur­rently placed in the Na­tional League North’s top ten in­clud­ing Brack­ley who went sixth af­ter first-half goals from El­lis Myles and James Arm­son handed them all three points against Wat­son’s men.

The man­ager, who ar­rived for his third spell in charge of the club this sum­mer fol­low­ing the ax­ing of Kevin Davies, as­serted that it will take time to build an iden­tity at Haig Av­enue.

“You look at the teams up in the top six and we’ve come across them all early and we haven’t been close to them,” he as­sessed. “That’s the gulf. That’s where we are and that’s where we need to im­prove.

Michelle Turner, 39, from Burscough, pic­tured with Prince Harry, is among the 72-strong team which have been se­lected to rep­re­sent the UK at the In­vic­tus Games in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia. She will be Vice Cap­tain of team GB and has been se­lected to com­pete in s

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