WHITLEY Bay manager Ian Chandler told his players that they needed to dig deep in the second half of Saturday’s derby against Ashington at Woodhorn Lane.
And he got an immediate reaction with Bay turning around a one goal deficit to win the contest 2-1.
After the game, Chandler said: “The way I viewed the first half was that it was two teams recovering from last week (FA Vase exits) which may have taken its toll on.
“It was two teams seeing the 45 minutes out – there wasn’t much action at either end really, although I thought we had a bit more of the ball than Ashington.
“There was no real penetration or excitement, and if it had remained 0-0 at half-time I would have been reasonably happy, but then the mistake happened which led to Ashington’s goal and Glen Taylor has put it away well.
“I told the lads at half-time that they needed to dig deep in the second half and that we needed to create something and make something happen – we couldn’t just expect it to happen ourselves because the pitch, which was very spongy and heavy, wasn’t in the best condition.
“We broke quite quickly and had counter attacks and we needed to put the ball into the box.”
Chandler acknowledged the quality of Chris Fawcett’s equaliser, but waited for the net to ripple before celebrating Ash Davis’s winner.
“It was a great goal by Fawcett,” he said. “And if the ball had been on Ash’s left foot I would have been a bit more confident, but as it was on his right, I only celebrated when it hit the net.”
Davis, who consequently notched his 12th goal of the campaign, came in for warm praise from Chandler, along with James Novak and Bradley Brooking, with the boss delighted to have claimed all three points.
“I’m delighted with Ash,” said Chandler.
“He’s turned our season around along with Novak and Brooking.
“The pace in the team at the minute is quite good so I’m really pleased.
“At 1-0 down and feeling sorry for ourselves after last week, to turn it around and win 2-1 at Ashington, I’m more than happy.
“Not many teams come here and take one point never mind three.”