Liam Nolan has credited the influence of Southport manager Steve Burr with bringing more goals to his game.
Nolan scored twice – including a dramatic 88th-minute winner – as the Sandgrounders came from behind to claim an eventful win against Wrexham on New Year’s Day.
The goals took Nolan’s tally for the campaign to five, and the 22-year-old midfielder has thrived in a more advanced role since the arrival of Burr in September.
Nolan has been a key player in Southport’s turnaround in fortunes, and his excellent recent form was underlined by a delightful winning goal, finding the net with an arrowing strike from outside the area after a cross from Ryan McKeown had been touched down by Andrai Jones.
It secured a significant win for Southport, lifting them back out of the Vanarama National League relegation zone after defeat at Wrexham earlier in the festive period.
“It was a great ball in from Ryan and a good knockdown from Andrai,” Nolan said.
“Since the manager arrived, he’s been on at me to push forward and get in and around the box. I hit it sweetly and as soon it left my boot I thought there was a good chance that the ball was heading in.
“There were still a few minutes to go at that stage and it was backs to the wall stuff. Wrexham changed formation and they made it a lot harder for us in the second half.
“The game was getting scrappy and we were struggling to get up the pitch at times but we dug it out in the end and it’s a massive win for us.
“I felt we deserved the points. We had a good chat about the game on Boxing Day because we were nowhere near the level we had been at over the past few weeks but we’ve managed to put that right.”
The winning goal completed an action-packed afternoon for Nolan, who scored the initial equaliser after Wrexham had taken an early lead before turning provider for debutant Delial Brewster.
Nolan then conceded a penalty but had the last word in epic fashion.
“My first goal came from a loose ball which thankfully dropped to me and I put it away,” he added.
“As soon as we got that goal to equalise, we started believing in ourselves a bit more. It got us going and we began to commit more men forward.
“We went in front when Delial scored. I was taking the ball forward when Delial ran across hit man and pointed to where he wanted it. I played it in and he found the target with a great finish.
“Delial looks like a good young player and should be a good signing for us.
“Hopefully we can kick on now and the challenge for us now is to go to Aldershot on Saturday and back this result up.”
Source: www.southportfc.net (Alan Jones)