Jordan Lussey has called on his Southport team-mates to show more of the same when they meet Fleetwood Town in their Emirates FA Cup first round replay on Tuesday night.
The Sandgrounders took great credit last week for their performance which earned a goalless draw in the original tie against Fleetwood – a team ranked 57 league places and two divisions above them.
As one of nine new recruits since the arrival of Steve Burr as manager in September, Lussey has been instrumental in Southport’s dramatic turnaround in fortunes.
Their excellent form continued on Saturday by registering a third straight league win with victory over Maidstone United and Lussey says the Sandgrounders will travel to Highbury Stadium in confident mood.
“We did very well against Fleetwood in the first match and we’ll go there looking to try and cause an upset,” Lussey said.
“I thought we matched Fleetwood in every department last week and playing like we did against a good team breeds confidence in our squad.
“The more this young team plays together, the better we will do and that’s been shown by the performances in recent weeks.
“The FA Cup is a bonus, it has helped build our team spirit and we’ll be going there confident that we can get a win.”
The winner of Tuesday’s replay will travel to Shrewsbury Town, of SkyBet League One, in the second round on December 3.
Lussey’s impressive individual form continued on Saturday as he helped to create two of Southport’s three goals in the win against Maidstone.
That result saw the Sandgrounders extend their current unbeaten run to six matches, and the former Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers youngster is looking for that sequence to continue.
“Ever since I’ve been here, things have been great and the lads who have come in have done really well,” Lussey added.
“I’ve had a frustrating last year or so but it was important for me to play first-team football and Southport have given me that chance. I’m doing all I can to help improve the team.
“It was pleasing to be involved in all three goals on Saturday and in Jamie Allen we’ve got a striker who has shown that his finishing is top drawer.
“One of the most pleasing things is that our first goal was something we had worked on during training so it is good to see that pay off during the game.”
* Fleetwood Town v Southport, Emirates FA Cup first round replay, Tuesday, 7.45pm