Southern backs boss in sparkle search

Keith Southern
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KEITH Southern reckons Ian Holloway is right – the Seasiders need to add a little attacking sparkle.

Holloway has talked about the importance of having more options up front and is working hard in the loan market to bring in extra frontmen.

Southern agrees. “I think we need to bring somebody in,” said the 30-year-old.

“It would be good to bring somebody off the bench when teams are tiring, somebody different to what we’ve got.

“We are just struggling a little to unlock the door when a team has come with a gameplan to sit and frustrate us. We’re just lacking that little bit of a final ball.

“The lads we’ve got up there are doing great, but why not bring somebody else in with a bit of pace and guile, and see what happens?”

Not that Southern is at disappointed with the start the team has made on their return to the Championship. “We are in the pack and the Cardiff draw wasn’t too detrimental to our position.

“It is another game unbeaten, so we go into two tough away games now with a bit of confidence.

“I think we’d have taken one defeat in the first seven games. It is about building on this now. The games start to come thick and fast now. I think we need to keep the main body of players here fit, and if we do I think we’ll have a half-decent season.”

After the nine-hour coach journey to Brighton last month, Southern was relieved to learn that Pool are flying to the south coast for Saturday’s clash with Portsmouth.

He is also pleased he won’t be coming face to face with the suspended Luke Varney.

Southern added: “Luke is a very good player, real pacy. It is a bonus for us because he is probably one of their better players.

“He scored some great goals for us last season and he is a great lad as well.”