Whitley Bay manager Atkinson disappointed with result but not display

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Whitley Bay manager Paddy Atkinson was disappointed with the result against Guisborough but pleased with the team’s display.

“I think the performance against a team that was second top shows how far we’ve come,” he said.

“I thought we were the better team at the end of the day. If we hadn’t lost Alex Kempster after 20 minutes I think we would have won the game. He was a real threat flying down that wing.

“The first thing Paul and I had to do when we came in was plug that gap at the back, which we’ve done.

“Now it’s disappointing to lose Dominic McGarr. I was planning on having him in the team today but heard yesterday afternoon that he was going to Tamworth.

“Good luck to the lad, I knew he was planning to go there, but I thought he’d be with us until the end of the season.

“Scott Blandford took his place and gave 100 per cent. He can play centre half or centre midfield. He’s a warhorse.”

Referring to goalkeeper Tom Flynn’s mistake, the manager said: “Their second goal was disappointing. The lad had a good game and he’s absolutely devastated.”

Paul Robinson was back in action and Atkinson was impressed with his contribution.

“I was really pleased for him, he’s come back in and showed us what he can do,” he said.

“He’s been injured since I’ve been here so it was good to get him back. Chris Reid’s due back any moment as well.”

Summing up the attacking aspect of Whitley’s game, he added: “Yes, we played some nice football, but we didn’t pull the trigger in the right areas, but they tried shots from range.”