New boss Dino to press claim for a change in style; SOUTHPORT.
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SOUTHPORT will go back to basics this weekend as they try to attempt to adapt to new boss Dino Maamria's pressing style.
Maamria was unhappy with his team's first-half performance in the 1-0 defeat to Eastleigh last weekend, explaining that they didn't press like he expects his teams to. The Port boss was, however, encouraged by their second half display, and he believes there's plenty to work
with at the Merseyrail Community Stadium.
And he believes his team will be well prepared for his first home game in charge.
He said: "The first half was not very good. I thought we came out to defend which was the total opposite to what we wanted to do which was come out, press them high and attack them. We were lucky to go in 0-0 at half-time.
"In the second half we played a bit more on the front foot but unfortunately we conceded late on.
"That's (pressing) is the game I want to play and that's the game I'll make sure my team will play. We have got to get them in training because it's a lot of leg work. I've got that in the dressing room, they are taking information in, they are doing well so far but that was a learning curve for them.
"I think we will be fine because we have energy about the team. We have got to pick them up.
"The focus will be back to basics. We need to focus on competing better, using the ball better, the results will follow."
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