‘Got to become more offensive’ – Southport manager Liam Watson acknowledges ‘concerning’ start as striker search handed blow

Southport manager Liam Watson has conceded his side must become more offensive after picking up just seven points from as many games.

Port lead against Banbury United through Declan Evans but the hosts fired back as they ran out 3-1 winners.

Keenan Quansah was sent off for the Yellows and their injury problems worsened with Cam Mason forced off with concussion.

Southport were hopeful of signing a striker on loan ahead of Chorley’s visit this Saturday, prior to the postponement, but they are awaiting test results of an injury to their temporary target. Although, Off The Park understands an agreement is in place for when the forward is fit.

Watson credited The Puritans for their quality in last weekend’s defeat but reiterated the vision of adding players to the ranks at Haig Avenue.

He told Off The Park: “I tried to set us up hard to beat, we took the lead. Banbury were the best team we’ve faced by a long way and if you see the results, you can see why.

“Circumstances, Cam coming off, Keenan getting sent off, it’s not ideal. We had too many players missing, you’ve got to have your full hit to go to Banbury and we didn’t.

“I’ve said time and time again, we’ve got to help the squad by bringing in a couple of players to help us through a period which is horrible but you’ve just got to get through it.”

Southport sit just outside the relegation zone in the early stages of the National League North. The Port boss admitted he is concerned with the recent form and performances.

He added: “I think there’s lots of concerns, we’ve conceded 14 goals in seven games, we’ve scored seven goals, five of them on the opening day so we’ve only scored two in the last six games both of them from set-pieces so we’re not creating nothing which is a problem.

“When you’re having tales like this, this is when you have to manage. When you’re winning well you just have to pick the team, we’ll have to manage and manage personnel and we’ve certainly got to become more offensive.”

[Featured image: Julia Urwin – Southport FC]

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