Positives come out of drab affair

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ASHINGTON CFC manager Gary Middleton had to think long and hard to find anything to enthuse about after his sides drab 0-0 draw against Consett at Woodhorn Lane.

Middleton however, said that in the light of the disappointing showing, two positives had emerged: “I thought the game was pretty even right the way through,” he said.

“There wasn’t much between the teams in the first 45 minutes with few chances and I’m not sure an awful lot happened in the second period either.

“However, the positives to come out of the game for us were that a point is better than nothing and it’s another clean sheet.”

Middleton admitted that his side had missed midfielder Andrew Johnson who was unavailable: “It wasn’t the greatest of spectacles,” he said.

“Marc Walton had the best chance for us when his shot was kicked off the line and Consett had a couple of half chances late on.

“I didn’t think we played well and we missed a bit of creativity which obviously Andrew Johnson gives us.

“It was one of those matches where it would have been harsh on either side if one had lost it and the other side had won it but our skipper (Liam Atkin) made a comment in the dressing room afterwards that three weeks ago we would have lost that game.”

Middleton heaped praise on central defensive lynchpin Matty Grieve: “I thought Matty Grieve was outstanding today,” he said.

“That was his best display for Ashington.

“I thought he gave a really good solid performance.”