Middleton hails terrific team performance from Ashington

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ASHINGTON CFC manager Gary Middleton was beaming with delight after his side’s 3-1 derby win over Whitley Bay on Tuesday night.

The Colliers boss was full of praise for his side after the win at Hillheads.

“I thought it was a terrific overall team performance over the 90 minutes,” he said.

“I thought we played some great counter attacking football on Whitley Bay’s patch and to be fair we were a bit disappointed coming in at 1-1 at half-time when we had four really good chances before the interval.”

Middleton acknowledged that his side had trailed to a stunning effort by Lee Kerr – but asked his players to remain focused and to play the same way.

“We have been done by a fantastic free kick from Kerr, but we said at half-time that we needed much of the same when we didn’t have the ball,” he added.

“We knew if we kept on pinching it, with the system that they play, that they were going to be open, which was proved in the second half.

“Some of our fluency in going from back to front – and as quickly as we did – we have been working on and I thought it was superb tonight.”

The boss thought the scoreline could have been more emphatic.

He said: “It was a much deserved win, which to be fair could have been by a few more at the end of the night.

“It’s only four games in for us now but four great results, and it’s something to build on and hopefully to keep progressing with.”

As for the injured Phill Bell and Josh Gray, Middleton said: “Both players are going to hospital. It’s a bit frustrating and disappointing and just sums up our luck on the injury front at the moment.

“Josh has got a kick on the foot and Phill has a knock on the ankle so we will just have to see what the outcome is with both lads and keep our fingers crossed.”