Jamie Allen is confident that Southport have got what it takes to cause an upset when they host Fleetwood Town in the Emirates FA Cup first round next Monday.
Allen and his team-mates go into the eagerly-awaited cup tie on a high after a fine victory at Torquay United saw them register back-to-back wins – extending their current unbeaten run to four matches.
With the match against Fleetwood chosen for live television coverage on BT Sport 1, the club is calling on the town to support Steve Burr’s team in their numbers by generating a big crowd and a special atmosphere under the floodlights.
As one of several players to have thrived since the arrival of Burr as manager in September, Allen’s performances have been central to Southport’s recent upturn in form.
He scored twice to give the Sandgrounders maximum points against York City last week and the striker, who arrived at the Merseyrail Community Stadium from Fleetwood last summer, says there is every chance of a shock against his former club.
“We’ve managed to get some good results lately and we’ve got to take the same mentality into the Fleetwood game,” Allen said.
“We’re playing Football League opposition, I obviously know a lot about Fleetwood and they are a good club, but we’ve got nothing to lose.
“We’ve got to enjoy the chance to play against a team from League One because we could cause an upset.
“I’ve played for them in the past but I’m at Southport now and my focus is on doing well for the club. The team is full of confidence and we’re all looking forward to the game.
“The new manager has brought in new ideas and he’s really lifted the team.
“New players have come in and ones who were already here have been given different roles. The new manager has brought in Keith Briggs as his assistant and the lads have thrived off both of them.
“The training sessions have been sharp, we’re getting more confident as the games go by and I think we can keep it going.”
Allen’s two goals against York were just reward for a player whose energy and work-rate have been key to unsettling opposition defences.
The win over York was watched by Fleetwood manager Uwe Rosler, the former Manchester City striker, who will no doubt have made special note of Allen’s contribution.
“Everyone is digging in for one another and it was fantastic on a personal level to get the two goals,” Allen added.
“The main objective going into the game was to get the three points and the team have been fantastic lately.
“We’ve moved up the table but it’s important not to get carried away. We’ve still got work to go and we’ve got to keep our heads screwed on.”
Admission for youngsters aged 18 and under against Fleetwood is just £5.