Chandler frustrated by Whitley Bay’s first half display

Aiden Haley put Whitley Bay in front against Durham City.

Aiden Haley put Whitley Bay in front against Durham City.

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Whitley Bay manager Ian Chandler was left frustrated despite his side’s comprehensive 4-0 win over Durham City on Saturday.

The win at Hillheads condemned their visitors to the second division, but it only came with a much improved second half showing from the home side.

Chandler said: “It was exactly the same as Thursday, a dull first half, and then what a change, we played like that in the second half and created chances galore.

“It’s frustrating for me because if they played like that for the full 90 we’d have great results.

“I just don’t know why they don’t realise the pitch isn’t quite right for the style of football they want to play and just stretch the opposition and the chances will come.

“Chris McDonald, I didn’t know he had a right foot!

“At half-time on Thursday I just said to him that we expect more from him, and he delivered.

“Today I asked him do something similar to Thursday and he did that and was creating chances and caused havoc.”

Teenager Aiden Haley scored the opening goal, his first for the club.

Chandler said: “Aiden would have liked that, scoring against his old team.

“He enjoyed his time at Durham when we were there, but I don’t know if he left on good terms.

“It was pleasing for him because he doesn’t score many.

“As for Adam Shanks, well they’re the best goals when he puts the ball into the ground and it bounces over the keeper when he’s set to make a save because he can’t react to that.

“That was good, so obviously the icing on the cake (for the manager) was Sunderland winning.

“I was pleased there was a really good crowd and hopefully they’ll come back for the last game on Tuesday, then again next year.

“If we can get something on Tuesday, hopefully another three points, that’ll be good.

“Yes, Consett have been on a good run, but I think we should worry about ourselves rather than them.

“If we play like we did in the second half we’ll be fine.

“If we play our game we can we’ll beat anyone, it’s as simple as that.