25 Sep 2019 in Post Match Interview
SKINNER: “WE DESERVED A POINT”
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC manager Ian Skinner was forthright in his post match analysis of the 2-1 defeat at Guisborough on Saturday firmly believing his side should have returned home with their first away point of the season.
In the first period, Dan Taggart cancelled out Sonni Coleman’s opener for the Teesiders before Josh Rowbotham’s late goal gave his side the victory. However Skinner said afterwards: “To be honest, I didn’t think either team did enough to win the game - and I thought a draw would have been a fair result. When you come to Guisborough, it’s deceptive how much of a slope there is on the pitch and coupled with the breeze – although it wasn’t windy – it was difficult to get out. They (Guisborough) looked to switch the play at every opportunity and to get the ball forward really early with their main threat being crosses into the box. They scored an okay goal for the opener - although there is always things you think you could have done better defensively - but it was a good ball in and good header at the back post. It was then a matter of us staying in the game and I thought we dug in before catching them on the break with a well taken goal. We switched the play out to Dylan (Williamson) who got in behind their full back who was pushing on really high and it was a great ball across for Dan Taggart who equalised which enabled us to go in level at the break.”
He continued: “Second half we wanted the players to have a bit more composure and do what we they are good at – passing the ball - but I thought we turned the ball over a little bit too often and too easily. We had some chances then for a period of about 15-20 minutes play became really scrappy. Neither team kept the ball but gave it away cheaply and I was massively disappointed with Guisborough’s second goal as it’s gone through a load of players.”
He went on: “We went on that little run of three league games unbeaten – two wins and a draw – but we are still a work in progress and I’d like to get this monkey off our backs where we haven’t picked up a point away from home. I thought today might have been an opportunity to have done that with the way the game was going but it was not to be. Instead, we’ve got to keep the confidence up and look at the bigger picture where we finished the game with two 17 year olds and two 18 year olds on the pitch. We need to be patient with them (the youngsters) and we are all disappointed in the dressing room because we know that we can pass the ball better than we did in the second half. If we had done that then we probably would have taken something from the game. People will say Adam (McHugh) has made two really good saves but their ‘keeper (Ryan Catterick) has also had to work and defensively, they’ve made some blocks. Yes, I’m disappointed we have lost because I thought we deserved a point today but I still think there were lots of positives to take from the game.”