Ian Skinner - 17/10/2020

19 Oct 2020 in Post Match Interview

Ian Skinner - 17/10/2020 Ian Skinner - 17/10/2020

SKINNER:”WE’RE THROUGH AND THAT’S WHAT COUNTS”

By Brian Bennett

Ashington FC manager Ian Skinner was delighted that his side had progressed into the first round proper of the Buildbase FA Vase following a 4-1 victory over Nelson at Victoria Park on Saturday: “We’re through and that’s what counts in cup football,” he said afterwards, “There were some really pleasing things – and not so pleasing things - like towards the end I thought we got a little bit sloppy and created our own problems a little bit and turning possession over cheaply but to be fair to the lads we’ve come down on the coach and they have taken the instructions on board which we gave them. We’ve gone two-nil up which is always a funny score line because the next goal is huge. If it goes 3-0, the contest usually starts to runs away from the opposition and if it goes 2-1 it becomes game on.”

He continued: “Second half we came out and got another goal to make it 3-0 and we’ve also managed to protect one or two of the lads like being able to take Jack Butler - who has come back from injury - off after an hour whilst we got David Luke – who had been sidelines for six weeks - onto the pitch for five minutes or so. We went 4-0 up but have conceded in the six yards box and that was disappointing as it would have been nice to keep a clean sheet. However, all in all we played the game without a recognised centre forward after I lost both lads (Ben Harmison & Lee Scott) beforehand so that’s testament to the side that we have scored four goals and in the grand scheme of things their ‘keeper (Jack Lawrence) has made some good saves near the end. We have also missed one of two chances and in true Ashington fashion this season the game could have finished about 8-3 and nobody could have complained. Credit to the lads because they have won fairly comfortably but as they have set themselves such high standards we’re slightly disappointed that they got a little bit sloppy towards the end. However, it was a case of ‘job done’ and I’m delighted to be through to the next round.”

The Colliers travel to face Charnock Richard in the first round proper a week on Saturday (October 31) and Skinner added: “I’ll find out plenty information about them and they’ve had a couple of people here today. That’s part of the job and I’d be amazed if they didn’t do that.”

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