18th Sep, 2019

'We'll be competitive' says Holleran after improved performance against Southport

FOOTBALL: PAUL Holleran insists results will come, despite watching his side lose 1-0 at home to Southport on Saturday.

The Brakes boss was left frustrated following Saturday’s defeat, which leaves Leamington 12th in the league table after only three games.

Despite a sloppy error costing Leamington any points, Holleran believes his side are showing some positive early signs.

He said: “It’s a tough one to take. The league doesn’t get easier but it we keep showing the signs we’re showing we’ll be competitive.

“The goal was a bread and butter ball which 99 per cent of the time we would’ve dealt with it, but we didn’t.

“We’ve lost a game we deserved to get something out of on possession and chances.”

Holleran admitted his side worked on elements of their game that needed improving following last Tuesday’s home loss to Tamworth.

And while Southport went away from the Phillips 66 Community Stadium with the three points, Holleran said the shape of his side was better.

“Out of the three games we’ve played so far that was our most complete performance,” said Holleran.

“”There were long periods of the game against a good side where we had chances but their keeper pulled off some good saves.

“We kept asking and in the second half was our best spell of the season so far.

“We just couldn’t find the quality and craft needed to get that goal. It’s harder to score and easier to concede in this league.”

New recruit Liam Canavan appeared on the bench for Brakes while Junior English came off at half time as a precaution following a clash of heads.

Elsewhere Callum Gittings started on the bench after requiring antibiotics for a foot infection in the week.

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