Middleton admits Ashington were dire in derby day defeat

Ashington boss Gary Middleton said he had taken no positives out of the derby defeat by local rivals Bedlington on Saturday.

And he was quick to acknowledge that the Terriers had been full value for their success.

“I had no qualms about the result,” said a disappointed but honest Middleton.

“They were the better team and deserved the victory.

“Over the 90 minutes they were organised, worked harder and wanted it more than us.

“I have said on numerous occasions that in this league it doesn’t matter whether you are near the top or towards the bottom – you have got to show a hunger and a desire to win a game of football, and also to play to your strengths from start to finish, and unfortunately we didn’t do that.”

The boss pulled no punches as he added: “We didn’t create anything nor did we have the pace and quality in our attack which we have had over the last three games.

“No player that pulled on an Ashington shirt came out with any recognition and the performance was dire throughout with no positives. I’m bitterly disappointed.”