Holden: We Got Better

by Mark Rowan

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 last four.

"We made a bit of a sloppy start," Holden admitted to evertonfc.com.

"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."

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