25 Sep 2019 in Post Match Interview
SKINNER: “I’VE NO QUALMS – THE BEST TEAM ON THE NIGHT WON”
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC manager Ian Skinner – whilst naturally disappointed following the 4-1 defeat in the Mitre Brooks Mileson Memorial Group C League Cup against West Allotment Celtic at Woodhorn Lane on Tuesday evening – said he had no qualms over the result and was honest enough to say the best team on the night had won.
Skinner commented: “I thought first half we fell below the standards we expect. We didn’t pass the ball well enough or quick enough and played in all the wrong areas. Credit to West Allotment who came out and moved the ball well and passed it better than us first half and the only positive for us after the first 45 minutes was that the score was still locked at 0-0.”
He added: “We talked about one or two things in terms of what we were trying to do towards the end of the first half and we began the second half much brighter and started to get the ball into areas which caused West Allotment problems. We took the lead – and deservedly so - when we were on top but from that moment on, we seemed to just think we had ‘done it.’ We thought that was it – we had scored and gone ahead – and we then had players who just wanted to do enough and didn’t want to go the ‘extra bit’ and really drive home the performance. We became really easy to play against again and have conceded a couple of poor goals when we have been in possession. Once West Allotment got their noses in front – and the second goal was a great effort goal from Jones - we’ve gone missing a little bit and didn’t have anybody who was prepared to stand up and be counted. We needed more fight, more desire and more will to get on the ball but instead we seemed to give up if I’m honest – which is worrying.”
He went on: “I had no qualms at all about the result because the best team on the night won. You can’t play for 12-15 minutes periods and expect to win a game of football regardless of whoever the opposition is and at whatever level. You’ve got to be at it from the first minute till the last and can’t just play when you want and turn it on and off because football is not like that.”
For Saturday’s home clash against Sunderland Ryhope CW (3pm), skipper Curtis Coppen remains sidelined through injury whilst Damien Stevens, Dylan Williamson and Dom Price will all undergo fitness tests.