‘We didn’t pull the trigger’ says Bay boss
Manager Nathan Haslam felt that Whitley Bay were comfortably the better side in their 1-1 draw against Thornaby on Saturday but failed to make the most of their chances.
“It was a dominant performance but the result didn’t show what the performance warranted. But if you don’t shoot you won’t score,” he said.
“I thought Thornaby scored their goal totally against the run of play, it was their only chance of the half and they were clinical. It was poor defending by us in terms of following runners in the box, but I think it was a game we dominated in general.
“Marcus Giles took his goal remarkably well; he also brought a great save from the keeper after about 10 minutes. Luke Salmon in the first half went one on one with the keeper, but took a poor first touch and really should have done a lot better than he did. But based on chances and in terms of possession in the first half, we were the better team.
“We dominated the second half, constantly probing forward but for whatever reason we weren’t pulling the trigger. We were trying to walk it in the net. The key moment for me was when Connor Smith just had to stroke it into an empty net and for some reason he elected not to use his left foot. Eventually it did get to Craig McFarlane, probably three or four yards out and he’s hit the crossbar. I think that was the determining point in the game because if we’d scored that chance I do think we’d have gone on to win the game by a number of goals.
“We’ve now got an important game against Whickham coming up at the weekend and we’ll be preparing for that this week.”