Andy Holden was pleased that his side successfully overcame
Southport last night in the Liverpool Senior Cup, particularly as
he felt they had made an unconvincing start.
An Everton XI progressed through to the semi-finals of the
competition courtesy of a well-earned 2-1 victory at Haig Avenue
and will now meet another Unibond League outift, Marine, in the
"We made a bit of a sloppy start," Holden admitted to
"We gave away too many free-kicks and we allowed too many
balls into our area from wide positions. But after a quarter of an
hour we settled down and started to pass the ball well."
The Toffees took the lead through Duncan Ferguson and then
doubled it in first half stoppage time when Nick Chadwick lashed
home an excellent shot from the edge of the box.
"I was pleased with both goals," said Holden.
"The first was a lovely move that switched from left to right
and then back across goal for Dunc to finish and then Chaddy's
was a great finish after a good pass from Li Tie."
Chasing the game, Southport asserted themselves a bit more after
the break and provided a stern test for Holden's charges.
"They got themselves up and running a bit more in the
second half and I felt that we started to give the ball away a bit
cheaply," he conceded.
"To be fair to Southport, they deserved their goal because
they were on top at the time but once again we defended well and I
was pleased with Peter Clarke and Sean O'Hanlon."