Simon Grand delighted with Southport's winning attitude

Simon Grand
Grand was in the Rochdale team who put out two Division One sides in 2003

Southport defender Simon Grand is not surprised that his team are competing for play-off positions in the Blue Square Bet Premier this season.

A club record seven away victories on the trot has helped the Sandgrounders rise to fifth in the table.

"We've not got the biggest squad, but we believe we can compete with anyone in this league," said Grand.

"Once you get on a winning run it just seems to keep going and becomes a habit and you've just got to keep it going."

Southport will now look to build on their league form against League Two Barnet in Saturday's FA Cup first round home tie at Haig Avenue.

Having beaten Stockport County in their fourth round qualifier to set up this tie, the Sandgrounders are looking to tap into that same feeling of Cup fever.

"I've been fortunate before. I've had good FA Cup runs," said Grand, part of the Rochdale side who beat Preston North End and Coventry City on the way to the fifth round in 2003.

"It's a one-off game and anyone can beat anyone," Grand told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"Hopefully we can get that FA Cup atmosphere. It always seems that little bit different.

"You've seen it happen with some of the best clubs in the Premier League, who will lose to lower league clubs.

"Everyone just seems to have that little bit extra, extra yard of pace, you jump that bit higher and run that bit further.

"If you can do that on the day, anything can happen."

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