We need more players says boss Watson
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.”
Dion Charles saved a point for Southport on Tuesday night and (inset) Liam Watson