INTERVIEW | Hard Work Pays Off

INTERVIEW | Hard Work Pays Off

As first starts go, Raul Correia could hardly have asked for a better introduction to life in Southport colours.

Within 50 seconds of pulling on the No 9 shirt against Guiseley on Saturday, the striker had laid the ball off for Jack Sampson to open the Port’s account for the season, before adding his own name to the scoresheet not long after.

It gave his new team-mates the platform to register their first win of the campaign, building on the draws against Gateshead and Curzon Ashton.

Correia joined the Port in the summer and says the three points were reward for the recent hard work, both individually and collectively.

“Personally, it was great to get off the mark and as a team it gives us something to build on for the next game on Tuesday,” he said.

“I’ve worked a lot in training on attacking the box and getting on the end of things. We spoke about attacking the front area before the game and it shows that if you work on things in training, it can come naturally on the pitch.

“We’ve worked a lot on our shape in pre-season and everyone can see that, as a team, we’re very hard to break down.

“You can also see that we’ve got players who can create and score goals form every single position.

“You can’t just expect to turn up on a matchday and win. You’ve got to put the hours and the effort in during training to make sure things are right. As the season goes on, we can hopefully show that the work in training is paying off on a matchday.”

Correia joined the Port having scored freely at Radcliffe, where his exploits earned him a move to Blackpool, followed by Barrow.

The Port’s next game is at Farsley Celtic on Tuesday and Correia, both in Angola but a Portuguese citizen, is keen to kick on.

He added: “Playing at home, you’ve got to entertain. We created chances in the draw against Curzon Ashton and against Guiseley it was about putting them away to give the fans something to cheer about.

“I’ve had a good pre-season and the lads have made me feel at home. It’s always good to have games coming thick and fast. We’re on a high after we’ve won and as a player, you just want to play in the next game.”

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