Ashington need to be more confident and brave – Middleton

The Consett keeper bravely dives at the feet of Samuel Norris to deny Ashington. Picture by Ian Appleby
The Consett keeper bravely dives at the feet of Samuel Norris to deny Ashington. Picture by Ian Appleby

Ashington boss Gary Middleton acknowledged there was little to choose between Saturday’s opponents Consett and his own side – and a point each was fair.

However, the Woodhorn Lane boss admitted that he is looking for his outfit to grow in confidence and bravery.

“I thought we started the game well and slightly shaded the first half with the best effort being Andrew Johnson’s shot which hit the bar,” he said.

“We got into the final third on a couple of occasions without being ruthless or clinical with our final ball and finishing in or around the box, but it was a very even game against a good Consett team and one of those where the result could have gone either way.”

Middleton – disappointed with the goal his side conceded – was delighted as they hit back within a minute to level, but is nevertheless striving to boost confidence levels.

“Early in the second period we had to reshuffle the pack after an injury to Craig Scott,” he said.

“Again on a couple of occasions we got into the final third and into good areas but with no end product.

“That was typical of our performance today – and we need a little bit more confidence and bravery because we are lacking in both at the moment.

“We didn’t deserve to concede with two minutes to go but got undone due to a little bit of ill discipline where we could have dealt with the situation better.

“However, give the players their due they kept on going and Glen (Taylor) has put a great ball into the box where Marc (Walton) has got a bit of a flick on and the lad (Cuthbertson) has put the ball into his own goal.

“I thought that was the least we deserved, to be honest.

“Consett boss Kenny Lindoe said we had two great chances in the first half and they had a couple in the second half, and it was very hard to divide the two teams over the 90 minutes.”

Middleton, whilst appreciating his side’s good record at home this season, was nevertheless forthright in his views that victories for his outfit should never be taken for granted at Woodhorn Lane.

He added: “We were playing against a good team who are on our tails,.

“We have put ourselves in a position where we are this season by players showing character and working hard with some great performances along the way, but we have no right to believe that we can turn up and win games automatically just because we are a home.”