We have to take our mind off Spurs

Southport Visiter - - Past Times - BY SAM CAR­ROLL sam.car­[email protected]­i­tymir­ror.com @SamCar­roll0

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?”

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