Ashington FC manager Steve Harmison admitted that his side had dropped two points in their 2-2 draw with Sunderland RCA at Ryhope on Tuesday night.
But the boss said he was not going to berate his squad and would instead praise them for the effort in two tough games against Dunston and RCA.
“Tonight it’s definitely a case of us dropping two points,” he said.
“We could have been a bit more smarter and shown more quality and composure, and we probably deserved four points from the last two matches but in the end have had to settle for two.
“Again we didn’t use our assets because we didn’t play the ball wide as much as we would have liked, and it was disappointing as we were 2-1 up with five minutes to go.
“I thought the lads who came into the side gave us a little bit of energy and it wasn’t a poor display, but after going to Dunston then coming here I just thought we got tired.
“I am not going to knock the players for that because they have put a lot into playing for the club over the past four days.”
Harmison added that more players will be in the treatment room at Woodhorn Lane than in the dressing room.
“We are probably going to lose James Harmison now until Christmas,” he said.
“After putting his hernia operation back until November, James now he has a dodgy thigh injury.
“It’s a shame because he is one of our top goal scorers and he has been an outstanding leader.
“And it tells how well James (Harmison) and Matty Grieve have been playing when Liam Atkin hasn’t been in the side.
“On the flip side, we have a very able replacement for James in Liam and I thought he had a good game tonight.
“But we also have to protect Matty because he is carrying an injury.
“We are a bit threadbare with six or seven players out and three or four suffering from knocks, and we may need to bring another couple of players in to strengthen us.”