Liam Watson reassured by performances despite National League North start

Southport manager Liam Watson believes his side have acquitted themselves well in their opening four games after drawing two of their opening four.

Bank Holiday Monday saw AFC Fylde come from behind to win 2-1 but Port were left aggrieved after they saw their shout for a goal crossing the line being waved away.

Marcus Carver continued his impressive start to the season with his equaliser on Saturday as the Sandgrounders drew with Kidderminster Harriers.

However, Watson insists he is happy with the performances in the early stages of the season despite results and league table not reflecting their effort.

“I think we acquitted ourselves really really well, I thought the performance levels were great,” he told Off The Park.

“Delighted with the application, attitude of the players we certainly haven’t got what we deserved. But we missed chances on Saturday, missed chances on Monday.

“To me we scored a perfectly legitimate goal in the last seconds on Monday and the linesman somehow believes it hasn’t crossed the line, when it’s clearly a foot in.

“Tough run of fixtures but up until now I’ve been really pleased with the performances and if you’re pleased with the performances the results will come.

“We go into another tough game against Gateshead Saturday and try to move on getting the tough games out the way but if we keep performing the way we have we’ll be fine.”

For the last 18 months, the Yellows have saw numerous seasons curtailed including a number of matches postponed due to positive Covid results within the camp last year which controversially led to fines from the National League.

Turning back the clock, Southport introduced a number of new faces with talisman Carver making his way through the doors at Haig Avenue last season, accompanied by Niall Watson, Adam Anson as well as Connor Woods who would’ve been going into his second full season with the club.

But with the pandemic hitting and a lot of the restraints restricting Watson’s side from gelling in the manner he’d like.

On the upside, the 51-year-old – is in his third stint at the PURE Stadium – is pleased with the showing on the pitch and happy with the arsenal at his disposal.

“Yeah I think, you know I’ve been around long enough, when you’re on a bad run and you’re not playing well that’s when you’ve got problems.

“I’ve got no intentions of changing in terms of personnel I’m really pleased with the squad they’re starting to gel.

“Sometimes a bit of naivety but we have got a solid bunch more than happy, the results will come 100 per cent we just got to keep challenging ourselves to do as well as you possibly can.

“I genuinely believe we’ve got a good team and I’ve been round long enough I can smell where we are.

“I’m not overly worried about results, at the start of the season you worry about performances and I’m sure we’ll get a run and be okay.”

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