Middleton hails professional performance from Ashington

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Ashington CFC manager Gary Middleton was delighted with his squad after they had deservedly capped off a great weekend with a 3-0 derby victory over neighbours Bedlington Terriers on Monday.

The win followed hard on the heels of a 3-1 victory against Hebburn on Saturday.

A clearly upbeat Middleton said it was a great team performance as well as a professional display which had put the Welfare Park side to the sword.

And he admitted he could not have asked for anything more from his side.

“The first half panned out very much the way we thought it would with Bedlington giving as good as they got,” he said.

“We knew they were a threat on set pieces but I thought we coped admirably with that whilst we wanted to get the ball out wide to Andrew Johnson and Sam Norris – and when we did that we scored two great goals with good team play.”

But Middleton, whilst pleased with the outcome, thought it could and should have been more emphatic.

He added: “We just had to be careful second half that we didn’t do anything silly because we were in the driving seat,.

“I thought it was a very professional second half performance and a great team display against a side who had only been beaten once this season, but after getting into the final third through some really good team play, the scoreline could have been an awful lot more.”

Middleton singled out James Taylor for special mention but overall was pleased with a maximum haul from two games over the weekend.

“I thought James Taylor was outstanding in the middle of the park whilst the back four coped with Bedlington’s pace,” he said.

“I’m thrilled to bits – and I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

“We said at training last Thursday that it was a big weekend for us as we wanted to get up and running in the league,and the lads have responded brilliantly and done what was asked of them in a good manner.”