INTERVIEW | Defensive Understanding

INTERVIEW | Defensive Understanding

Mo Ali believes that while Southport are operating with a small squad, the quality of the players in that team will be enough to help them through the upcoming schedule of fixtures.

Southport are set to play six league games in the next three weeks starting with a home game against Boston United on Saturday before the rearranged game against Kettering Town on 3 November.

Speaking after Saturday’s 3-0 win over Blyth Spartans, Ali said: “We’ve got great quality from the bench and I think in the squad anyone can come in and be quality at this level.

“Last week I had a little niggle so I didn’t play and Dean Winnard came in and made a masterclass performance and then this week I’m back in.

“We know there are teams at this level with much bigger squads than us but they will have some players who aren’t really ready for this level and won’t play much. Everyone in our team can come in and do a job.

“So we know we’ve got some busy weeks ahead of us but we aren’t concerned because the quality is there to carry on our good start.”

Southport head into Saturday’s fixture as the last team in the three National League divisions to have conceded a goal after AFC Fylde’s clean sheet streak was ended on Wednesday night.

Ali believes that the understanding the back three have developed is key to that: “I love working with the lads.

“We’ve got a really good understanding because we played so many games together during pre-season. Me, Charlie [Oliver] and Adam [Anson] have all been here since the very start of pre-season and Jack [Bainbridge] has come in a bit later but slotted straight in.

“We’ve still got a few bits and pieces to iron out. Pre-season was great but I think it’s a big step up to playing together in the league but once that’s all done I think we should be starting to get a good run together.”

Written by James Houghton

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