Bishop Auckland manager David Bayles described his side’s 6-1 hammering by Ashington on Saturday as providing a ‘wake up call’ to his outfit.
The boss admitted that the mood of the camp was one of dejection – but he still took time out to praise the Colliers.
And an honest Bayles – who had been an interested spectator at Woodhorn Lane recently when he witnessed Ashington’s goal less draw against Guisborough – admitted that his side could have been on the end of an even heavier defeat.
“It was a bit of a wake up call for us,” he said.
“I thought Ashington, who punished us at every opportunity and who should have scored more, were excellent whilst we were hopeless.
“We had one or two players missing - but we weren’t at the races.”
John Butler gave Bishops an early lead but Bayles reckoned his side broke through too early in the contest.
“We had a great start,” he said, “but then we’ve probably scored too early and at the end of the day we stepped off the gas and Ashington took full advantage.
“We felt we should have done better defensively for the first two goals we conceded and after a half-time talk, all our plans went out of the window when we conceded a fourth shortly after the start of the second period.
“We were 3-1 down and the next goal was always going to be vital.
“If we had got it then it would have been game on, but unfortunately we didn’t.
“We are dejected - and I only hope the players are hurting as much as the management and supporters are.”