Shildon boss Gary Forrest admitted after his side’s slender 2-1 victory over Ashington on Saturday that it was the result and not the performance which was of paramount importance.
Liam Atkin scored the winner ten minutes into the second half after the Railwaymen received a half-time roasting.
“I was pretty annoyed how we went about things in the first half to be honest,” said a relieved Forrest, who acknowledged that Woodhorn Lane has not been one of his happy hunting grounds.
“We were a yard off the pace considering the way we have been playing with such a high tempo and dominating.
“We were flat, lacked in energy and tempo.
“We went one goal up early doors and we just switched off after that, although the pitch was really bobbly and the wind didn’t help either, so it was never going to be a great game of football.”
Andrew Johnson’s leveller came as no shock to Forrest, who had seen Ben Wood give the visitors the lead.
“I knew Ashington’s equaliser was coming,” he added.
“I said to the lads on the touchline ‘Ashington are going to score because we are so flat at the moment’.
“We were not squeezing the ball quick enough; were not dominating the second balls like we always do and weren’t working hard enough, so it didn’t surprise me at all.
“I had a proper go at the lads at half-time because we had a great opportunity to close the gap on the teams above us and I was a bit worried that were not going to grab that chance.
“I thought we dominated the second half without doing much, but the result was all that mattered today, not the performance.
“I thought we just about deserved to win the game, not by much.
“I didn’t think we were big winners, Ashington had two efforts, but apart from that they never looked like breaking us down.”