04 Feb 2020 in Post Match Interview
SKINNER: “STOCKTON WERE BETTER IN BOTH BOXES”
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC manager Ian Skinner said that Stockton Town were better in both boxes after goals from Fred Woodhouse and Dan McWilliams wrapped up a 2-0 verdict for the league leaders at the Bishopton Road West ground on Saturday.
Skinner commented afterwards: “The headline of the game is that Stockton were better in both boxes,” he said, “They defended their box better than we defended ours and they were a little bit sharper in our box than we were in their box. However, I thought our build-up play was really good. We created them (Stockton Town) problems by getting people in behind their midfield and in front of their back four and they struggled to deal with Dom Price in that little space and they paid Dom (Price) the ultimate compliment in the second half when they brought a player on to man mark him. Overall, our general play was good but we need to defend our own box a little bit better. Examining both goals we have conceded, we were in possession and gave the ball away in and around the half way line on two occasions and that allowed them to counter attack quickly on us when we haven’t been organised and they’ve taken both chances. The second goal seemed to take an age before it went into the net and from the dugout I wondered if it was going to go the right side of the post for us or the wrong side and unfortunately it was the latter. Giving the ball away in the centre circle is ultimately what has cost us when we had bodies forward. We talked about staying in the game and if we did that and got to the last 15 minutes, we would open up and have a go at them. We were at that stage when Stockton got the second goal.”
He continued: “I thought we restricted them (Stockton Town). Our goalkeeper Adam McHugh has made a couple of routine saves but has had nothing where he has had to dive full length whilst we didn’t really work their ‘keeper a lot. We had half chances which we snatched at but other than the first ten minutes of the second half where we seemed to be at sixes and sevens, we were okay. I was pleased with the performance; disappointed with the scoreline and if we can just tighten up a little bit at the back and maybes sharpen up in front of the opposition goal then might start to sneak some points.”
On Saturday (February 8), the Colliers travel to face Newcastle Benfield and manager Ian Skinner will await fitness reports from skipper Curtis Coppen, Dylan Williamson, Jamie Hanson and Max Emmerson before finalising his line up.