ASHINGTON CFC manager Gary Middleton admitted that he was ‘bitterly disappointed’ with his side’s showing in the 1-1 draw against Jarrow Roofing on Saturday.
And he believes his players have set their standards too high.
A downhearted Middleton, pictured, emerged from the dressing room and said: “I was bitterly disappointed in the performance and the result.
“I thought it was an inept display from start to finish, to be fair.
“I didn’t think we got into the game early doors and they have taken the lead after we were very poor defensively where we have never gone out to pick up a short corner then when the ball has come into the box there was no one to pick the lad up for the header – I’m disappointed with that.
“I thought we got back into the game with a good goal by Gareth Bainbridge, but even then we still didn’t really get going.”
Middleton revealed that during the interval, the management team had asked the players for greater urgency.
He added: “We had a bit of a go at them at half-time – but they didn’t pick the performance up at all.
“We didn’t match Jarrow for workrate and they are a team in the bottom three who are going to work really hard.
“But if you don’t match them then you don’t get the opportunities to get your chances on the ball.
“I thought we huffed and puffed and we looked to make changes but I thought they [Jarrow] looked dangerous on the break second half as well.
“We’ve had a great chance at the end but there’s not enough desire in there.
“We’ve had half chances and I’m disappointed in the overall team performance on the whole by everyone.
“The standards the players have set are too high and today was disappointing.
“No one says it’s going to be easy coming to places like Jarrow, but you have got to match them for 90 minutes, and because we did not do that, consequently we didn’t get the result that we wanted in what was a pretty dour showing.”