Paul Antony - 05/10/2019

08 Oct 2019 in Post Match Interview

Paul Antony - 05/10/2019 Paul Antony - 05/10/2019


By Brian Bennett

Ashington FC’s assistant manager Paul Antony wore a broad smile following the 2-1 win over Northallerton Town at the Calvert Stadium on Saturday and said he was happy the team had picked up their first away points of the season. Antony emerged from the victorious dressing room and commented: “For me, the first 45 minutes was split into two halves. For the first 20-25 minutes, they (Northallerton) sat off us and we dominated possession, creating a couple of chances but didn’t test the ‘keeper. Then the second half of the first half, they (Northallerton) decided they were going to press us a little bit more and committed more players forward which meant we had to suck them in a little bit, play a couple of passes and then look to play forward. We said at the interval that the disappointing aspect was that the home ‘keeper (Thomas Dawson) never made a save and we also touched on how as the half had progressed we got a bit anxious because we hadn’t scored. The message for the players was to keep focussed and keep believing in what they were doing. Callum Johnston was making runs in and beyond the Northallerton defence and I told him he would get joy. He got two goals and could have had more and it was good because the lads took on board what we had discussed at half time and got the two early goals.”

Northallerton came into the game and Antony added: “I think every team at home are going to have spells especially if they are chasing the game because in that situation you have got nothing to lose. You commit more players forward and throw the ball forward earlier. They had a couple of chances and again Adam (McHugh) has made a big save but I thought we deserved to win. It was a bit scrappy at times during the second half and we would have liked to have dominated the ball a little bit better as we were 2-0 up but even though a little bit of nervousness crept in, I was happy with the win.”

Antony applauded the two goals from Johnston: “Callum is a great finisher,” he said, “For the first goal, he hit across the ball into the bottom corner and for the second, he has taken it early and passed the ball into the top corner with a side foot finish.” Ian Skinner’s assistant believes Ashington should be focussing on the top half of the league: “We have got to start having a mentality of looking at tenth position and upwards in the league - not downwards,” he said, “What we have got to remember is that for the start of this campaign, we started to assemble the squad from scratch. Now we have a settled pool of players and it’s no coincidence that we are picking up more points. It’s a shame we are without a fixture this coming Saturday which is Non League day because we have taken 12 points from our last five league matches - and when you are winning, you want to keep going.”


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