We need more play­ers says boss Wat­son

Southport Visiter - - Family Health - BY SAM CAR­ROLL sam.car­roll@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @SamCar­roll0

SOUTH­PORT man­ager Liam Wat­son has ad­mit­ted his side need re­in­force­ments af­ter their 2-2 draw with Cur­zon Ash­ton in mid­week.

David Mor­gan handed the hosts an early lead but two sec­ond-half goals in six min­utes from Con­nor Hughes and Ryan Brooke looked set to in­flict a fourth suc­ces­sive league de­feat on the Sand­grounders.

Dion Charles’ late equaliser earned a share of the spoils, how­ever, with Wat­son urg­ing his side to vary their build-up play af­ter the game.

“We’ve got to be re­ally hon­est and brave and want to get on the ball. At times I think we try to play too much, es­pe­cially at the back,” he said.

“Prob­a­bly peo­ple in the past would have re­lated to us go­ing for­ward quickly.

“We’re try­ing to play through the mid­field and in the first hour we were very good at it but as the game went on I was get­ting frus­trated.

“Josh Lan­g­ley has hit a great di­ag­o­nal over the top of the left-back and Dion’s left him and scored a goal.

“There’s dif­fer­ent el­e­ments about play­ing foot­ball at the right time, the right place.

“A good long ball can some­times be an ef­fec­tive ball.”

South­port now head to Kid­der­min­ster on Satur­day with­out a league win since Au­gust.

“The hosts are fly­ing high in sec­ond place and de­feat could leave Wat­son’s men eight points adrift of safety at the bot­tom of the Con­fer­ence North ta­ble.

“It’s like a soft un­der­belly,” the man­ager added.

“We will dom­i­nate games and we will dom­i­nate posses­sion, we’ll cre­ate chances and then we’ll gift one. That’s the dis­ap­point­ing side.

“We’ve got a real tough test on Satur­day and then two cup games so we’ve got a lot to build on. We need to keep per­form­ing like we are.

“We need to strengthen the squad. Num­ber wise we’re down. Ryan As­tles is out for a few weeks and Josh [Tib­betts]. We cer­tainly need to do some­thing.

“I spoke to [owner] Phil Hodgkin­son [af­ter the game]. We do need to bring some bod­ies in purely be­cause of in­juries and that’s what we’ll try and do to­mor­row and the day af­ter.”

Lewis Storey

Dion Charles saved a point for South­port on Tues­day night and (in­set) Liam Wat­son

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