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Southport: Let’s Guarantee the Playoffs

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sun 20 Apr 2014
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town take on Southport for the second consecutive Bank Holiday Monday as the season draws closer to its conclusion, knowing a point will be enough to secure playoff football. However, midfielder Paul Marshall insists that his side will not be settling: “We need to get to Southport and get a result because it’ll put us in a good position,” he said, “that’ll mean we take some pressure off ourselves for next Saturday to win that game. We know we need to get points on the board to guarantee the playoffs so we are going to go there and try and win.”

The Shaymen are on the cusp of completing a season few will have dared to dream of in August, and Marshall says that the atmosphere in the changing room in the wake of the win against Macclesfield will carry over into Southport: “The lads are buzzing, it was a great win. We’ll take that into Monday and hopefully pick up three points.”

Despite Southport languishing in 18th, Marshall knows that their opponents won’t roll over and let their visitors return to West Yorkshire with all three points: “They’ll be going at it. I don’t think there’s any team at this level that will ease off at any stage because they’re all fighting for their contracts next season. They will want to win the game and impress their manager.”

Marshall was replaced by Marlon Jackson on after 77 minutes of Saturday’s game, and admits that he’d run himself into the ground in the tough conditions at The Shay. “It was really hot and the pitch was rock solid,” he said, “it was quite hard to play on. I got tired late on and told the gaffer I was struggling a bit fitness-wise and he took me off. But I’ll be fit and ready to go on Monday, that’s for sure!”

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