Ashington FC manager Gary Middleton was forthright in his post match assessment following Saturday’s 2-0 reverse in the derby against Morpeth Town.
He said his outfit were low on confidence and energy as well as lacking in quality.
The boss had hoped that the FA Cup win over Albion Sports would inspire his side to kick start their league programme.
Instead, the rock bottom performance left them third from the foot of the Ebac Northern League’s first division and still searching for their first league victory of the campaign.
“I was looking for a repeat display to what we had at Albion Sports,” he said.
“But we definitely did not get that.
“We looked like a team low on confidence and we didn’t look as if we had a lot of energy on the pitch right the way, and if that wasn’t enough, we lacked a bit of quality anywhere on the pitch.”
The two sides went into the dressing rooms at the interval with the game goal less and Middleton said: “The first half was pretty even and there wasn’t much in it - but we didn’t have enough legs to go and support the front two players.
“We spoke about it at half-time to try and get players higher up the pitch, but the lads we had in the team today couldn’t do that.”
A despondent Middleton concluded: “We didn’t really cause a threat at all - the only half chance is where Marc Walton has hit the side netting.
“I have just said to the lads in the dressing room that we broke on Morpeth and the two people in the box – Walton and Glen Taylor - have passed the ball from one side to the other and then back over for Walton with no one else actually joining in with them.”