Southport manager Liam Watson has come to the defence of opposite number Craig Elliott following the Sandgrounders’ 4-1 win over Boston United - claiming the Pilgrims have been on the receiving end of some ‘horrific’ decisions.
It has been a tough couple of Saturdays for Elliott’s side, who were beaten 4-0 on the road at Chester a week earlier, in a game which saw Scott Duxbury and leading scorer Danny Elliott both dismissed for second bookable offences.
The duo were both suspended for Saturday’s contest at Haig Avenue.
“Listen, 4-1 probably has flattered us in terms of the scoreline,” Watson told Southport’s YouTube channel.
“I like Craig. I think he’s a proper fella, proper good manager.
“Sometimes football can be tough. He’s had a tough game last week against Chester where I went to watch, and some of the decisions in that game against Boston were horrific.”
United trailed 2-0 before Fraser Preston reduced the arrears.
Watson, however, believes a triple substitution worked in his favour, after introducing Niall Watson, Isaac Buckley-Ricketts and Connor Woods.
“At 2-1 you think they could get back into the game and we could be under pressure now, if they score again the game’s over.
“But I thought the injection of the legs going on in the final 20-25 minutes was always going to be vital.”