ASHINGTON boss Gary Middleton described his team’s comfortable 3-0 victory over basement side Stokesley as ‘workmanlike’.
The Colliers won courtesy of a Marc Walton double and strike from Andrew Johnson.
Middleton said: “Stokesley’s results have improved in recent weeks and they made us work all the way, which we knew would happen, but I thought it was a workmanlike performance in the end from the players.
“We had lots of opportunities and more so from Tommy English’s set-piece deliveries.
“He puts in great quality and I don’t know how we didn’t come in more than one goal up.”
Despite dictating affairs, Middleton still asked his players to step on the gas after the break.
“I thought it was a little bit lacklustre in the first half, as if we were in second gear to be honest,” he said.
“And we asked the players to try and raise their game and give a bit more.
The boss emphasised the word “quality” in regard to Marc Walton and English.
“It was a great finish by Walton for the first goal and he’s popped up with a similar bit of quality for the second.
“It was a bit of a quality ball in from English and a bit of quality from the volley by Walton as well.”
And for Middleton it was a welcome victory.
“It was one of those games where you want people to get on the scoresheet,” he said.
“And when they don’t you wonder why.
“It was not an ideal performance but we’ve got the victory in the end and that was pleasing.”
The boss was also happy with his side’s showing in midweek, despite defeat at West Auckland.
“We made enough chances to win two games of football. The overall performance was good but we are about winning games of football.
“Against Stokesley it wasn’t great but it was three more points.”
Meanwhile midfielders Dean Deagle and Damen Mullen have been released by the Woodhorn Lane club with Middleton adding: “I’d like to thank both players for their services during their time with Ashington.”