Southport manager Liam Watson makes admission following Longridge Town rout as Port dealt two injury concerns

Southport manager Liam Watson watches on against Alfreton Town

Southport manager Liam Watson was pleased with the performance against Longridge Town and hinted about their approach going forward.

The Yellows dispatched the North West Counties outfit, firing seven past the Ridge in the First Round of the Lancashire Challenge Cup.

Niall Watson made it three goals in two games since returning from injury with a brace on Tuesday as Port had six different goal scorers during the rout.

For Southport, they have recently seen an upturn in performances despite falling to defeat against Chester and Darlington.

Watson was pleased to see his forwards continue their goalscoring form and has his sights set on building on their exploits.

He told Off The Park: “It’s an enjoyable game when they do it properly, gives them chance to get on the ball, gives the forward’s a chance to get a few goals, it’s nice.

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“Tyler’s [Walton] got a goal again, which he did on Saturday, Niall [Watson] got a couple, scored Saturday’s now hopefully they can go on a run.”

The run out saw a number of players play 90 minutes, including Michael Carberry who was controversially sent off against Darlington on Saturday.

But there was a few negatives from the result as Jack Doyle and goalkeeper Tony McMillan suffered injuries to create a headache for the Sandgrounders boss.

“At the moment, everyone’s been getting games. Unfortunately, you pick up a couple of injuries, Jack Doyle’s tweaked his groin in the first-half then Tony’s got a bit of a knock as well so we’ll have to take stock of where we are at the end of the week.

“Whiplash – I think, so see how he feel’s in the morning.”

George Goudie replaced the veteran shot-stoppper and made his debut for Southport. To add to his momentous night, he made a penalty save in the dying embers to deny Longridge adding a second.

“Great moment for him, he’s popular in the group,” Watson said. “[He] Never misses training, never misses a game, he’s improved ten-fold since he’s been with us so for him get on the pitch it’s good for him.”

Whilst the 52-year-old hinted that their showing in the Lancashire Cup could finally be the philosophy going forward after a number of returnees.

“I think it gives you more of an idea of the shape we want to play. But to have that shape, you need a bit more options upfront,” he concluded

[Featured image: Julia Urwin – Southport FC]

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