Chris Hardy expressed his bitter disappointment yesterday afternoon as his Whitby Town side went down 4-1 to Gainsborough Trinity at the Northolme.
The Seasiders took an early lead; Matthew Tymon opening the scoring just a minute into proceedings in Lincolnshire, however a rampant second half from the home side saw Whitby well beaten.
The Blues’ manager felt that the difference between the two sides was clear for everyone to see with a much-fancied Gainsborough side teaching Whitby a footballing lesson.
“They’re a good side and they’ve got good players”, said Hardy.
“They have a good attitude, and a good work ethic all across the side. With those types of qualities you should be fighting strong in the top half of the table.
“From our showing, it doesn’t look like we’ll be in the top half. We need to be better than that and we need to bridge the gap quickly otherwise these types of scoreline may be something that we see more often.”
The Blues’ gaffer knew beforehand that his side would be up against good opponents, however he was unhappy about the way in which his side were outclassed in all areas of the pitch.
He felt that the fine margins in football were really exposed by a team who seemed to take advantage in every situation and he believed that they worked extremely hard to gain a well-earned three points.
“They were good opponents but they were better than us in all departments,” Hardy admitted.
“The fine margins that exist in football were really exposed today. They ran harder than us and they looked much more game-savvy than us.
“In the end they outplayed us and it all ended up in a poor scoreline for us. I also feel that we had quite a few poor performances today which didn’t help.”
A now recurring issue in terms of team selection for Chris Hardy comes between the sticks with goalkeeper, Jack Norton appearing to have continued injury problems.
This was Norton’s first game back in the side for several weeks, loan signing, Adam McHugh taking his place, however Hardy may be forced back into the market again with the former South Shields man struggling again.
“This wasn’t something that I was aware of before the game and it’s a massive concern,” Hardy said.
“We’ve basically played with ten men so it’s a massive concern and we’re going to have to look at Jack over the next 48 hours and we may have to go back into the transfer market again.
“One of Jack’s main attributes and qualities is his distribution of the ball at his feet and if he can’t take goal kicks, it makes it difficult for us to play out quickly.”
WATCH Chris Hardy’s post-Gainsborough Trinity interview with Andrew Snaith on the Whitby Town Facebook Page.