Ashington FC manager Gary Middleton was pulling his hair out following his side’s latest setback – a 2-1 defeat at the hands of neighbours North Shields at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.
The boss cited three pieces of indiscipline – two of which resulted in the Robins being handed two early Christmas presents – as leading to their sixth home defeat of the season.
Middleton said: “Three bits of indiscipline have cost us.
“For the first goal, Andy Ferrell hasn’t stayed with his runner who has run beyond him; then from a set-piece Steven Shaw has lost his marker and given him a free header at the far post.
“In effect we have given them a couple of gifts which we can ill afford to do.
“Then another bit of indiscipline has resulted in a red card for Marc Walton.”
Reflecting on the first period, Middleton said: “I thought our shape looked decent and we played some decent football.
“The link up play between Walton and Andrew Johnson was good and we got ourselves back in the game with a goal just before half-time.”
And the boss acknowledged the work rate put in by the ten men during the second 45 minutes.
“We were always up against it in the chase in the second half,” he said.
“I thought we huffed and puffed and put in a lot of effort, but it’s always hard playing with a man short.
“North Shields were obviously going to hit us with the space - which they did - and we rode our luck a little bit.
“But on the word ‘luck,’ we haven’t got much of that at the moment.”