INTERVIEW | Leading By Example

David Morgan believes Southport should have come away from their encounter against Curzon Ashton with three points after a ‘dominant’ performance.

The Port have opened the campaign with two goalless draws, against Gateshead and again on Tuesday, with the captain feeling his side deserved to come away with more from the latter.

“On Saturday we were happy with a draw because it was our first game of the season and it was a bit hectic, but to come home and dominate in the way we did, we probably should have won,” he said.

“It is disappointing because we did have chances and it could’ve been six. If one went in the game would’ve gone from there.”

The club captain, who won man of the match in the second game, believes the team must be more ‘clinical’ going forward in order to get their first win of the season.

He added: “I think we could’ve won the game comfortably; Curzon came wanting to dominate and they didn’t because they couldn’t break through. We did play a shape that created chances but just need to be more clinical.

“There’s a lot of pressure on getting the first result, so it has to come sooner rather than later. Once one goal goes in the floodgates may open, but we were in the same situation last year, only we were losing games, so we don’t want that scenario.”

The 25-year-old did have praise for the defensive performances in the opening games, which saw the side keep two clean sheets.

“I think that’s a big strength of ours,” he states. “We didn’t concede a lot of goals last year because we are very disciplined in what we do and that’s the base that we work from. Once we start adding goals we will become very difficult to beat.”

The midfielder was also delighted with the support Liam Watson’s team have received from the fans.

“For 88 people to travel to Gateshead is some going, it’s a good trek but we could still hear them all through the game.”

“On Tuesday our fans were very good, so it is disappointing we couldn’t get the first three points of the season at home for them.”

Morgan also praised the new pitch at the Pure Stadium that was used for the first time against the Nash, and hopes they can turn the ground into a ‘fortress.’

“It is excellent, they’ve done a great job with it. Hopefully with the facilities that we have got now, we can make this place a bit of a fortress. It’s not really been like that recently but it is our aim to make it difficult for teams to come here and Tuesday was a start as Curzon didn’t look like winning the game.”

Ahead of the Guiseley game on Saturday, the captain isn’t phased by their opponents 5-0 midweek victory.

“Curzon had a good result on Saturday so I think in this league you can’t really worry about the previous result, as they thought they were coming to beat us but we were the better team.”

He finishes by stating the team are hungry and want to get the victory.

“We want to win every game, especially at home, we don’t play for draws, so that’s the most important thing for us.”

Written by Amos Wynn

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