28 Jan 2020 in Post Match Interview
SKINNER: “I’LL TAKE SOME OF THE RESPONSIBILITY”
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC manager Ian Skinner fronted up after the 4-1 reverse by Consett on Saturday and admitted he would be taking some of the responsibility for his side’s defeat.
A clearly disappointed Skinner emerged from the dressing room and said: “I’ve got one or two things wrong today so I’ll be taking some of the responsibility for the defeat. Potentially and probably I could have played a different starting eleven and probably a slightly different shape to what we started the game with. That said, it was the same shape we had played against West Auckland which worked really well for us. We didn’t get off to the best of starts by conceding after four minutes. It was a poor goal for us whilst being a good one from their point of view. They (Consett) have got a good way of playing where their forwards come in to allow their full backs to get out in a wide area and we have got caught under the ball - although it was a good finish by Nick Allen. We then grew into the game and played some decent football to be fair but I think the biggest takeaway message from today is that we have certainly contributed to our own downfall in terms of all the goals we conceded.”
He continued: “The first half really hinged on a key moment where we were already 1-0 down but had had a good spell in the game and in my opinion Kieran Brannen has had a great first touch and went through with just the Consett ‘keeper to beat. He’s decided to take the shot early and it’s gone just wide of the post which was unlucky for us then a couple of minutes later, we’ve won a corner. They (Consett) have broke, two of our players have gone for the same ball which has fallen to their forward who has again finished brilliantly then right on half time we gave the ball away on the edge of our own box which is really, really disappointing and it means we have frustratingly come in 3-0 down after being in the game for a good 20-25 minutes period.”
He went on: “The second half is difficult. They (Consett) look to dominate possession and keep the ball and if an opportunity comes along to take it. I’ve made an early decision to change things with a triple substitution to alter our shape and to commit more bodies forward. Once we got Dom (Price) inside and on the ball more, he created lots of problems whilst to his credit, Lee Scott has come on and got a goal. Lee (Scott) looks to get into those areas and could have had a couple more (goals) with the ‘keeper making a great save. All in all in the second half, we’ve created a number of chances but then conceded a fourth goal to a free header in the six yards box from a corner and whilst I take some of the responsibility, the players have got to hold their hands up for the daft mistakes which they made which has cost us goals. For large spells we played some good football and created some good chances but when you come to play against good teams – and Consett are one of those who will be right up there come the end of the season - you’ve got to keep those mistakes to a minimum - that’s why we got a positive result at West Auckland the previous week. Consett play a great brand of football which I’d like us to replicate and they have got quality too. They have scored four goals from five shots on target. Adam (McHugh) has made one save which was late on and he told me afterwards that the ball wasn’t going to go in anyway - it was going wide but he needed to be sure. It wasn’t backs to the wall stuff for us and the disappointing thing is they (Consett) haven’t created chance after chance. We’ve had a similar amount of attempts on goal but scored only once. We came here with our front line really depleted and down to the bare bones with Callum Johnston, Dan Taggart, Dylan Williamson and Jamie Hanson all unavailable and Harry Newton was only 60 per cent fit at best but said he would give it a go if we needed him too. Today we made too many mistakes and were punished.”
For Saturday’s trip to face league leaders Stockton on Teesside, Dylan Williamson is ruled out through injury whilst Owen Gourlay and Jamie Hanson are rated very doubtful. However, Callum Johnston should return to the squad.