ASHINGTON CFC manager Gary Middleton reckoned his side did well on Saturday to come back from a two-goal deficit to level at 2-2.
But he feels they pushed the self destruct button again before going down to a 3-2 defeat against Sunderland RCA, who duly completed a season’s double over the Colliers.
Middleton said: “I thought it was going to be a difficult game with a very hard pitch and I thought they adapted quicker to the surface.
“They were very direct and we didn’t really get into the contest in the first half.
“I was not too concerned at going in one goal down at the interval, but I was concerned at our level of performance.”
Middleton, pictured, also revealed that he had alerted his side to try and curb matchwinner Keith Graydon.
“We did not get close enough to their players in the middle of the park and you cannot give someone of Keith Graydon’s quality as much time otherwise you are going to get punished – and that’s exactly what happened as he got the winner,” he said.
“If there is a playmaker like Graydon you have got to stop him and we did not do that throughout.”
However, the boss firmly believed his side could turn things round.
He added: “I thought it would be different in the second half with us kicking down the slope, but they played well up the hill.
“We gave it a go in the second period and did well to get back to 2-2 only to press the self destruct button again, which has happened already this season.
“We got into good situations without capitalising on them, but as at home against RCA we have not learned.
“They secured victory with the last kick of the match at Woodhorn Lane and they have scored in the latter stages on Saturday.
“Overall, though, I thought we were pretty poor over the 90 minutes.” and got what we deserved.”