Whitley Bay boss praises team performance after derby win

Andy Robertson celebrates scoring the first goal for Whitley Bay in their 2-0 win against North Shields in the North Tyneside derby.
Andy Robertson celebrates scoring the first goal for Whitley Bay in their 2-0 win against North Shields in the North Tyneside derby.

Whitley Bay manager Ian Chandler was full of praise for his team’s performance in their derby win over local rivals North Shields.

The Easter Monday derby finished 2-0 to the Hillheads outfit as Andy Robertson scored twice in the first half.

The win meant Whitley Bay completed a league double over the Robins having won the corresponding fixture at the Daren Persson Stadium earlier in the season.

Bay boss Chandler said: “To play as well as we did and get the win and three points is the main thing.

“We changed the shape to 4-2-3-1. Andy Robertson came in and was brilliant in the first half.

“The team all did exactly what we wanted, we stifled them in the midfield then got the two goals, a good cross from Jake and then from Alex’s flick.

“We restricted Shields to nothing really. They had one scramble which Tom [Flynn] dived on, thankfully, and he tipped one over the bar.

“It was a really positive display, especially with the players we had out, Ash [Davis] was not playing, Adam [Shanks] not starting, and Callum Munro was injured, so there was a mixture of different players who came in.

“Youldon was the best I’ve ever seen him, it’s a shame he’ll be away on a trip and then playing cricket.

“Alex [Kempster] was awesome, Callum [Anderson] as well, in fact all of them. It worked a treat.”