Whitley Bay boss puts Consett defeat down to too many mistakes

Whitley Bay manager Ian Chandler.

Whitley Bay manager Ian Chandler.

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Whitley Bay manager Ian Chandler felt that too many mistakes cost his side as they were beaten 4-3 at a windswept Consett on Saturday.

After falling 3-1 behind, Bay pulled themselves level before losing out to a second half strike while playing into the wind.

“Their first one looked like a good strike but the second and third were preventable,” said Chandler.

Craig McFarlane, who was making his 300th appearance for the club and played all but the final 15 minutes as he continues on the road to full fitness following a broken ankle, was caught out in the build-up to the second.

Chandler said: “Craig went shoulder to shoulder with their player but went to ground and the lad’s crossed it and it’s been a good finish.

“The third was very similar, Chris McDonald got bullied off the ball, went to ground, the lad went down the wing, crossed and it was put in, so it was 3-1, but we responded well.

“Yes, their keeper dropped the corner [for our second goal], but we made the most of it.

“Then Jake Fowler had a good half chance and Ryan Noble put one into the side-netting when he was stretching for it.

“We had the better of the second part of the first half, but then when we got a third goal just after half-time into the wind, that seemed to get twice as strong, I was thinking, 3-3, can we hang on or even pinch it?

“But then we made another mistake, we gave the ball away on the halfway line and one ball over the top deceived our keeper and their forward and it somehow rolled into the net.

“After that we had a bit of luck, a good penalty save from Andy Jennison, then Richard Flynn hit our own post.

“In the end it was three goals which were preventable that cost us. Obviously 4-3 looks like a good game, but there were three preventable goals.

“The second half was a slog against the wind and obviously Chris McDonald getting sent off didn’t help.”

The incident took place not far from the dugouts and Chandler was not expecting to see a red card be shown.

“Chris got tackled and the ball went out, but the lad caught him and he jumped up and reacted, but it was only hands into his chest, like happened earlier in the game, so sending him off was a bit surprising,” he said.

The manager felt that McDonald, the only ever-present in the side this season, did not have one of his better games.

He said: “The sending off probably summed up Chris’s game, he wasn’t comfortable on the ball, he seemed to run a lot with the ball instead of passing it and got caught a few times, not one of his best days.”