We have to take our mind off Spurs
LIAM Watson has urged his Southport players not to think about the mouth-watering prospect of facing Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup third round.
The Sandgrounders drew 1-1 with Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park on Sunday with the second round replay scheduled for a showdown at Haig Avenue next Tuesday (12th December). The game will also be shown live on BT Sport.
League Two Rovers - who ply their trade two steps above Southport - took an early lead through Jonny Smith before Brad Bauress delivered a stunning 30-yard equaliser with 20 minutes.
Watson, however, believes his side had opportunities to win the game outright.
When asked about the result, the former AFC Telford boss replied: “Delighted and slightly disappointed. I think we could have nicked it.
“I’m really proud of the players, the fans and the club. We were all together as one today and we’ve came a long way to get to that stage.
“The job’s not done, it’s only half-way done, but we’re in the draw.”
The manager added: “I think the stats were that we had ten corners and they had two. That’ll tell you how much we dominated it. There were lots of long-throws and we had lots of possession.
“I can’t recall Dan having a save in the whole 90 minutes to be honest. But you’ve got to respect Tranmere, doing well in League Two, with a good manager and good players.
“We’ve got to go into the game at Haig Avenue, treat it in the same way, and hopefully something breaks.”
Southport will welcome Tottenham to the Merseyrail Community Stadium should they overcome Tranmere in the replay but Watson asserted all focus is on next week’s replay.
“I was away for the draw, so my family started doing backflip’s to the draw!” Watson laughed when asked for his reaction to the tie.
“I know you always do, but we have to try really, really hard not to even think about it. If it becomes reality then it would be an amazing, amazing fairytale, wouldn’t it?”