Auckland boss believes his side deserved their win at Ashington

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West Auckland extended their unbeaten run in the league to six matches under recently appointed boss Anth Smith with Saturday’s narrow 2-1 win over Ashington at Woodhorn Lane.

And afterwards, the manager said he thought his side were full value for their latest success.

He said: “I was obviously pleased with the overall result. I thought we dominated in the first half so to go behind was frustrating.

“The goal gave Ashington something to chew on, to be honest, and for the next ten to 15 minutes they improved and had their spell.

“But getting back on terms and the timing of the goal just on half-time was vital for us.”

Smith’s half-time team talk to his players included a call to be patient.

“I had a little go about one or two things which we needed to do better,” he said.

“Second half we came out and needed to be patient.

“They (Ashington) worked hard and put bodies behind the ball, but I thought we played some good football.

“We dictated the play and if I’m honest I thought we got our just rewards.”

The new boss is delighted with his outfit – whilst revealing they have still to meet for a training session.

“Apart from losing to Darlington 1883 in the FA Cup, we are unbeaten since I came in as manager,” he said.

“The side play some good football, especially going forward, but need to cut out silly errors at the back.

“We haven’t had a training session yet because we’ve had so many games, but we need to work on one or two things and I’m sure we will rectify those mistakes.”