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George Newell says he believes this week will be crucial if Southport want to get their season back on track after a disappointing start to 2020.

Newell scored the Yellows’ only goal in the 3-1 defeat to Boston United on Saturday and despite the scoreline, Newell thinks the signs are there that things will improve.

The Port face Pilkington in the Liverpool Senior Cup on Wednesday before a visit to Gloucester City at the weekend.

He said: “Everyone’s a bit deflated which is to be expected after a loss but I think there’s a feeling in the squad that things are starting to improve.

“Obviously the scoreline wasn’t there today but I think key moments have gone against us and with a bit more luck we could have got something out of that game.

“The next few games for us are going to be absolutely crucial for us. There’s no excuse for the form in recent weeks but I think it’s fair to say that the fixture list hasn’t been kind to us over Christmas but we’re coming out the other side of that now and if we can get back into our pre-Christmas form then getting into the playoffs isn’t out of the question.

“Pilkington is a game we should win on paper but Burscough showed earlier in the season just how dangerous these sides can be in the Senior Cup. They’re massively pumped up for this game and we’re going to have to be at our best to make sure we get a result.

“Then we’re going to Gloucester next weekend and that’ll be the first time we’ve played a team from the bottom half of the table since before Christmas. So both of those games are winnable we just need to make sure we do our part.”

Newell has just returned from a loan spell at Marine, where is scored four goals in five games.

He added: “I loved playing there and it was really good for me because I didn’t have a proper pre-season and then I got injured so I needed to get more minutes under my belt and build up my fitness.

“The team there were fantastic with me and made me feel really welcome and obviously on the pitch they were performing well so I managed to get a few goals out of it as well.”

Written by James Houghton

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