Atkinson puts Whitley Bay defeat down to individual error

Whitley Bay manager Paddy Atkinson.
Whitley Bay manager Paddy Atkinson.

Whitley Bay manager Paddy Atkinson said his side’s defeat to Washington on Saturday was down to an individual error.

The Seahorses lost out to a second half penalty before having Alex Kempster sent off in a physical encounter.

Atkinson said: “I picked the team solely on the weather conditions but yet again we’ve been done by an individual error, a challenge when the player was going nowhere and they get a penalty.

“Apart from that we kept it tight at the back and we didn’t look like conceding.

“I don’t think Andy Jennison has had to make one save, but the problem was at the other end, we didn’t score. OK, their keeper has pulled off three good saves.

“In the second half I thought we were the only team in it. You look at the work rate and we can’t complain at that.

“We need to look at the way we’re playing in the conditions that we’ve had these last three weeks. We have to ask ‘do we have the right type of personnel to play through this type of weather?’

“We’ve seen today someone who has thrown themselves at three of our players’ legs and I’ve heard some fans saying we need someone like that, but do we really want that?

“I think Gibbo was very lucky not to have broken his leg in one of those challenges.

“We tried to push on in the second half but then we got a sending off, so game plan goes out of the window.

“There was no malice in it from Alex, he was trying to get away from a player who was holding him down, but yes he’s put his hands on his face and you can’t do that.

“I will have to sit down with Paul Johnson. We’ve got to look at the whole picture and decide which way we go now, we need to come up with solutions to win these sort of games.

“As I say, the main thing is it’s individual mistakes that are costing us.”

Explaining his decision to play Michael Bell in preference to Adam Shanks, the boss added: ““I started with Belly because he’s been working harder, but then Adam’s been scoring more goals. It’s not an easy decision.”

Looking at the squad as a whole, he added: “I think I’m going to have to bring in some new faces in the next two or three weeks.”