ASHINGTON CFC manager Gary Middleton is hoping his players will turn things round after he described the current mood in the camp as being one of doom and gloom.
Following Saturday’s 2-1 reverse by mid-table Guisborough Town at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday, Middleton said the team needs to pull together.
“It’s very frustrating. I’ve had some bad weekends since Christmas but I’ve hardly spoken to anyone after the defeat on Saturday,” he said.
“Things are all doom and gloom at the moment but it is up to everyone to pull together and turn things round.”
The boss was gutted by the result, especially as he thought his team were in command of proceedings.
“I thought for the first 75 minutes we were in control of the game,” he said.
“Without playing fluent or attractive football we looked good value for our 1-0 lead, and Guisborough didn’t worry us at all.
“I thought we handled the threat of Martin Roberts well and I can’t recall our keeper Karl Dryden having to make a save.”
But it was poor play in general which Middleton felt let his side down.
He added: “We had a lot of the play in the first half and got into good areas without making their keeper work.
“This was through a poor delivery; poor passing or poor finishing when it should have meant us getting a grasp on the game.”
He also thought Marc Walton’s second half miss was a major turning point.
“There’s nobody else you would have wanted to be in that position six yards out other than Marc, but he has missed the chance and instead of us being 2-0 up, within three minutes it’s 1-1,” he said.
The Priorymen levelled from the spot – after an error of judgement from keeper Karl Dryden.
“What else can you say other than Karl’s error was schoolboy football material,” said Middleton.
“It was laughable because he has come out and created a problem which wasn’t there.” Middleton was also critical of his side’s defending as Guisborough took all three points following a counter attack which resulted in then own goal by skipper Liam Atkin.
He added: “It was a great delivery into the box but our defending was poor as well. It was lazy.
“We are not losing games by teams turning us over – we are giving goals away through individual errors match after match and this has got to stop.”