11 Feb 2020 in Post Match Interview
SKINNER: “I THOUGHT WE DESERVED AT LEAST A POINT”
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC manager Ian Skinner’s happiness was tinged with a little bit of disappointment after his side had claimed a point from a tame goal less draw with Newcastle Benfield at Sam Smith’s Park on Saturday.
On one hand the boss was pleased with a share of the spoils but on the other left frustrated as he felt his outfit could have taken all three back to Woodhorn Lane: “I thought we deserved at least a point if I’m honest,” said Skinner, “The work rate and endeavour of our squad - which has been excellent for the last three or four weeks - was great again and the only difference today is that we have got a point whereas the last two weeks we haven’t taken anything from the game. We had quite a strong wind in our favour in the first half and we dominated in terms of territory. We’ve had more possession and were in their half more than they were in ours but it’s a similar story in that we probably haven’t worked their goalkeeper (Andrew Grainger) enough – even though he has made one fantastic save from Dom Price.”
He continued: “It tends to be the case when you play with the wind, that you think it is going to be easy and you force things a little bit but I was really, really happy with our second half performance against the elements. I thought other than Paul Brayson hitting a free kick off the post for Benfield, we’ve probably shaded the second half as well. We had a couple of chances and hit the bar through Brandon Slater with the follow up blocked and I was really pleased that we were brave to get on the ball and try and play out against the wind rather than kick it and it come straight back because that’s something we’ve been working on quite a bit. Although we have taken a point, I would have loved for us to have got all three but one stops the two games losing streak and sets us up nicely for training this week and then Guisborough Town at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday (February 15). It feels like ages since we had a home game and it’ll be nice to get back on our patch and see if we can get a positive result.”
Midfielders Max Emmerson and Danny Anderson are both doubtful for the clash against the Teessiders whilst defender Thomas Kalthoeber’s chances are only rated at 50-50 and David Edwards is unavailable.”