Blyth Spartans manager Tom Wade thought his side were heading for the exit door in Tuesday night’s Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup semi-final with Ashington which ended 2-2 after extra time at a windswept Woodhorn Lane.
Wade, however, praised his squad for their never say die attitude.
“I thought the game had gone at 2-1 because Ashington looked pretty safe to be honest,” he said.
“But we go to the very end. We’ve always scored late goals and have done well in that department and we always knew we would get half a chance.”
With Newcastle United Reserves waiting in the wings to see who they will play in the final at St James’ Park, Wade thought neither Ashington or his own side deserved victory on the night.
“It was always going to be a 2-1 game for me to be honest,” he said.
“It was a terrible game of football with conditions horrendous and you could not get the ball down and play at all.
“Consequently it was just a big fight and was two scrappy performances – and I think Gary (Middleton) would say the same.
“I thought the conditions killed both sides and no one deserved to win the game.”
Wade was happy with his outfit in the opening 45 minutes.
“I thought we did well first half against the wind,” he said.
“But the pitch was lively and both sides – who are footballing sides – struggled.”
Dan Maguire put the Spartans ahead early in the second period but Ashington drew level shortly afterwards through Marc Walton.
Waded added: “After going ahead we switched off for one attack and Walton has taken his chance really well.
“To be honest, there were not a huge amount of chances in the game and when Ashington went 2-1 up they probably deserved it at the time.”
The boss was happy with the performance of Ash Davis after the substitute came on with quarter of an hour of normal time remaining in the 90 minutes.
He said: “Ash probably changed the game for us. He looked strong and gave us a bit more going forward.”
No date has been set for the rematch but Wade added: “I think the replay will be a good game at our place and I’m really looking forward to it.”