Middleton bitterly disappointed in Ashington performance

Ashington's Martin Brittain puts the ball into the box in the game against Consett. Picture by Ian Appleby
Ashington's Martin Brittain puts the ball into the box in the game against Consett. Picture by Ian Appleby

Ashington boss Gary Middleton lamented his side’s first defeat in six matches when they went down 3-2 against Consett at Belle Vue Stadium on Saturday.

Middleton, whose team had recorded five straight wins, said his outfit had not played to their full potential and was bitterly disappointed in their performance on the day.

He said: “I thought over the whole 90 minutes we were second best and consequently I was disappointed in the performance and the result.

“I didn’t think we got out of second gear, but on saying that, after trailing early we have come in 1-1 at half-time and were really back in the game.

“We have then been undone in the first couple of minutes at the beginning of the second period by sloppy defending and not being strong enough in the tackle.

“Their kid (Anthony Lund) has probed and put a great ball across and Michael Mackay has passed it in.”

Mackay’s second, which came midway through the period to make it 3-1, proved to be a telling blow.

“The third goal has come a long way from there right hand side and once it has gone in, it was always going to be an uphill battle,” added Middleton.

“However, we kept going and before we got our second goal in the 90th minute we’ve had a couple of good chances to get back in the game.

“But our possession on the ball was average; our final ball and play in the final third wasn’t good enough, and I just felt if it had been better we would have come away with some sort of result today.”

Middleton summed up his feelings of frustration: “I’m disappointed because we haven’t played to our full potential today and over the 90 minutes I didn’t think we deserved anything.

“We have set really high standards this season and anything near what we have set would have been good enough to win today and that’s what was so disappointing.

“Over the whole game we weren’t good enough and had a lot of players under-performing.

“It’s over a season what counts and I cannot fault the lads – they have had plenty of pats on the back – but they need to take the criticism today and move on to the next game.”