Newly installed Ashington FC manager Steve Bowey saw his side go out of the Buildbase FA Vase on Saturday after a 2-1 defeat against Hall Road Rangers at Woodhorn Lane.
But the boss thought his side “probably deserved a draw”.
“Obviously it was not the result I wanted,” he said.
“Was it the performance I wanted? – no not really. We played quite well in spells but conceded two sloppy goals in the first half which were very preventable.
“We had a 15 minutes spell where we controlled the game and we scored a great goal. Did we build on that? – no not really.
“We didn’t work the ball quick enough or get down the sides and they got the second goal and then sat in and defended well.
“We had one great chance second half which was blocked and we’ve probably deserved a draw, but they defended the box and there were no gaps to play in.
“You need that little bit of quality up front to unlock defences and we didn’t have that today – and that’s one of the factors I’ll be looking at to see how we can solve that problem.”
He continued: “The FA Vase is a massive competition. The players are disappointed, but I’m even more so.
“It’s gone now and we have got to focus on Saturday’s trip to face Sunderland RCA.
“I’ve got to gee the players up and get them going.
“It’s a tough job at times but I’m a bubbly person – what you see is what you get.
“I’ll not dwell on things and I’ll get everybody going again and we’ll push on.”
He went on: “I thought the Ashington fans were excellent. They were very vocal and it was nice for them to get behind the lads.
“The players and myself appreciate it and they got a massive thumbs up today.”
There were several factors which made Bowey – appointed team boss on Thursday – apply for the vacant position.
“Ashington FC is a sleeping giant,” he added.
“The club have a brand new stadium and attract a lot of support, and when I met the chairman I got a good vibe.
“I also did a bit of research into the town.
“Are the club underachieving? Maybe in a sense, but the facilities they have got are second to none.
“I believe the players are ready to push on and I’ve had a good look at them today.
“There is a good mixture and blend and I believe I can get another ten to 15 per cent out of them.
“I’m hoping to bring one or two players in but it’s up to the lads at the club at the moment to fight for their places and today they came out with a lot of credit.”
Bowey is looking to add to his backroom team.
“I am a hands-on type of manager but I cannot do things all by myself and need a lot of people around to help me,” he said.
“It’s got to be the right person. I will be bringing a coach in and we need a physiotherapist.
“It’s a work in progress but we [Gareth and myself] are definitely up for the challenge.”