Despondent Middleton admits Ashington are not playing well

Ashington's James Novak tries to shrug off the challenge of a Guisborough player. Picture by Ian Appleby
Ashington's James Novak tries to shrug off the challenge of a Guisborough player. Picture by Ian Appleby
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Despondent Ashington manager Gary Middleton admitted that his outfit are not playing well and are going through a difficult period following Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at the hands of Guisborough Town at Woodhorn Lane.

He said: “Obviously the wind was horrendous and we have cost ourselves two goals in the first half by two individual errors – but over the 90 minutes I thought we were well beaten by a better team who definitely deserved their win.

“We changed the system at half-time to try and have a go, playing virtually three up front, but we never looked like creating anything.

“At 2-0 we were trying to get back into it but they have caught us with the third and fourth where we are chasing the game.”

Middleton is desperate for his side to return to their form earlier in the season – and has asked for characters in the dressing room to come forward in the run in to the end of the campaign.

“It was a disappointing performance,” he said.

“We are not playing well at the moment; individuals are not playing well; the lads who were playing well over Christmas are not playing well and it’s so frustrating.

“We are going through a hard patch of the season at the moment and we need to quickly try to get over it.

“People are disappointed and frustrated in the dressing room and we need characters to come through between now and the end of the season.

“Time will tell what characters we have got.”