25 Feb 2018 in Post Match Interview
By Brian Bennett
Ashington FC manager Steve Bowey believed his players under performed despite them picking up a slender 4-3 victory over Washington on Saturday.
He said: “The pitch wasn’t great and there was a bit of wind blowing around. I can criticise players, the team and can say I wasn’t happy with the overall performance - but I’ve just said to the lads “Look we came to get three points and we’ve achieved our aim” and that is all what matters. It wasn’t pretty; it wasn’t a good spectacle for the supporters and I probably fell a bit sorry for the Ashington fans who travelled down to watch. My players know they under performed and certainly made hard work of the victory.”
He added: “We started really well and Damien Stevens got in a couple of times but it was our naivety on the ball and positional play as things just didn’t click and it was one of those games where everything seemed to go wrong. Washington are a young energetic team – striker Vincent Gash had a good game for them - and to be fair they had a bad defeat in midweek and probably wanted to show a little bit more today – and they did that. However with the calibre of players in our camp, we have got to do better performance wise. Did we manage the game? You can say we did because we came away with three points. Did we deserve them? Probably not.”
He continued: “It’s the old cliché where it was a case of us having to roll our sleeves up. We needed that little bit of luck and got it. We‘ve conceded three goals against a team second from bottom who are struggling which was disappointing and when you take the lead, you’ve got to try and kick on and keep a clean sheet. At the end of the day that is what wins football games. People go on about scoring goals wins you matches but you are half way there if you don’t concede and that’s what we have got to work on. We have got to get a bit more steel into the back four but at the end of the day, it’s not just about the defensive unit – it’s about the whole team and the bigger picture. Jake Turnbull got his first goal for the club, which was a great finish and Dylan Williamson also got his name on the score sheet for the first time since his comeback following a long term injury. Back to back wins are massive for morale and team spirit and everyone is bouncing in the dressing room.”
Bowey gave his thoughts on Andrew Cartwright, his new acquisition on loan from Blyth Spartans: “Andrew has been out for a few months and it was his first game back,” he said, “Anyone watching could see that the game wasn’t a great spectacle for a footballer but I thought he [Andrew] did really well. He has joined us to get some game time and will only get better. On the plus side he played 80 minutes and got through without injury so I was pleased for him.”
Bowey concluded: “Lee Scott came on as substitute today and also got some minutes and we have got plenty of options. The squad is looking good with competition for places and there’s a good vibe in the dressing room.”