Bedlington Terriers manager Andy Ferrell had no complaints after seeing his side go down 4-0 in Monday’s derby against Ashington at Woodhorn Lane.
The 31-year-old said: “Naturally I was disappointed but I had no complaints as Ashington could have scored seven in the first half.
“They out-thought us and out-battled us and showed more desire whilst I felt the body language and attitudes from some of my players was poor.
“We had a game plan but weren’t up for it and only the players can answer that.
“People who follow us will know the injury crisis which we have got and we are literally down to the bare bones.
“I found myself playing wide left to start with then went to centre midfield then left back.
“Another example was Stephen Buzzeo, who had to come on in centre midfield before switching to right wing then right back, and to compound matters even further we have picked up two more injuries today.
“Jack Gourley was only on the bench because he is injured as well as keeper Frazer Nairn, and we had to bring a kid on in Alex Laviers, who to his credit did well.
“Last week he picked up his GCSE results and now he’s playing for us.”
Ferrell was, however, happier with his side’s display after the break.
“I was pleased with our reaction in the second half,” he said.
“The lads rolled their sleeves up, dug in, and did very well.
“We were never going to pull it back realistically, but Liam Hudson, Dean Briggs and Andy McBride had three good chances.”
Ferrell concluded: “I still thought Ashington had one or two more gears to kick on, to be fair.
“Harmy’s team were a lot better and more up for the game than us and that’s what was disappointing.”