Whitley Bay boss Atkinson disappointed to concede at set-pieces

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Whitley Bay manager Paddy Atkinson was disappointed with the manner in which his side conceded the three goals in the defeat to Morpeth Town on Saturday.

After coming from behind, Bay led 2-1 before two goals in quick succession for the home side earned them all three points.

And Atkinson felt pieces were the crucial feature of the game.

He said: “It was a tough game; we knew it would be. Morpeth have been building a strong team for two to three years now.

“When they attacked they were strong, they attacked in waves.

“I thought we were unlucky not to get a penalty for handball. The referee admitted at half-time that he’d seen it but said it would have been harsh to give it.

“But we can’t hinge anything on that. The lads showed good character to come back from one down and then go 2-1 up and we had chances after that.

“What’s disappointing is being done by three set-pieces.

“We haven’t been outplayed, we didn’t get out-muscled or out-battled. The height they’ve got made the difference.

“The first goal was an own goal, we couldn’t blame anyone for that, but what was disappointing was the organisation.

“With the third goal, the lack of communication was what was disappointing, and especially after the last three games.

“I’ve told the lads set-pieces will win you games and that’s what we’ll need to work on.”