10 Sep 2019 in Post Match Interview
MARC NASH: “MISSED CHANCES COST US”
By Brian Bennett
North Shields FC manager Marc Nash was emphatic in his views that his side paid a huge penalty for a series of missed chances in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat by Ashington at Woodhorn Lane.
The Robins led through Ryan Carr but in the closing quarter hour of the contest, Ashington hit back to win it with quick fire goals from youngsters Danny Anderson and Jamie Hanson.
Nash said afterwards: “We probably had a snap shot of our whole season. We were very, very good for half an hour today then very poor in terms of intensity and creativity for the rest of the game. I think it was pretty obvious we could have been two or three up in that opening 30 minutes but didn’t take our chances and that killed us because we could have been out of sight. A few days beforehand, we were 3-0 up after 47 minutes against a very good Consett side - and that’s the difference because you’ve got to put teams away when you are on top. We’ve got to find a consistent level because at the moment we are either very good or very poor and cannot find the middle ground to get a couple of results.”
Even when Anderson levelled, Nash was not convinced his side would battle back: “I didn’t think we could go on and win the game because I thought Ashington would get their tails up - and that’s exactly what happened,” he said, “We didn’t defend a couple of balls into the box and because we’ve lost a couple of leads this season, you sense a bit of vulnerability coming in. Then we go 2-1 behind and although we tried to put the pressure on, the worry is that it was a bit of ‘too little too late.’ When you are in a commanding position and let things slip, it’s quite hard to pick it up again. After Connor Campbell’s miss early in the game, we scored - then Scott (McCarthy) has not taken two openings and that could have been the nail in the coffin. Missed chances have cost us today -100 per cent.”