Middleton admits Ashington fell short of expectations

Ashington finally convert one of their chances as midfielder Kyle Oliver heads in an equaliser shortly before half-time. Picture by Ian Appleby
Ashington finally convert one of their chances as midfielder Kyle Oliver heads in an equaliser shortly before half-time. Picture by Ian Appleby
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Ashington manager Gary Middleton admitted that his squad did not ‘play to their potential’ and ‘fell short of expectations’ after they bowed out of the FA Carlsberg Vase following a 2-1 exit at the hands of Wisbech Town on Saturday.

But in defeat, the boss also gave credit to the Cambridgeshire outfit for their on field organisation.

“We didn’t play to our potential,” a disappointed Middleton said afterwards.

“But give Wisbech a bit of credit and respect. They came with a game plan and carried it out to perfection, playing a 4-5-1 system which cancelled out our midfield.

“A lot of the time they minimised our goal scoring opportunities and they counter attacked really well without causing us major problems.

“We knew they would play like that but unfortunately we were not clever or fortunate enough to open them up, which was disappointing.

“We had lots of possession but apart from Carl Mackney denying Andrew Johnson towards the end, neither goalkeeper had a save to make.

“I speak very highly of my lads, as they know, and they needed to be at the top of their game today but they fell short of expectations by a long way.

“We have got big players and they haven’t shown their worth – and as a result we have not grasped the opportunity to go through into the last 16 of the competition.”