Chris Hardy admits that his Whitby Town side were beaten by the better team yesterday afternoon as a Workington side desperate for points took all three.
The Blues’ manager had outlined the importance of not taking the opposition lightly prior to the match, however would have been disappointed with the manner of the defeat.
Despite feeling frustrated with his sides’ performance on the day, Hardy took nothing away from their counterparts and stated that their victory was fully deserved.
“The result went to worthy winners,” Hardy admitted.
“The did things better than what we did but we didn’t help ourselves and I was annoyed that we weren’t winning first and second balls.
“When it came down to game management and dealing with the basics, they did it a lot better than us and ran out worthy winners.”
The Reds missed a penalty during the first half which could have been a turning point in the match, potentially giving the Seasiders the chance to use that as a warning and push on.
However, the horrendous penalty wasn’t to discourage Workington from continuing to dictate the play allowing them to push on and eventually seal all three points in the second half.
“The penalty miss could have been a positive for us,” said Hardy.
“If we get ourselves sorted out and become competitive on first and second balls, things suddenly start to happen but we didn’t do enough of that.
“We didn’t take the opportunity to do the right things so I didn’t have a lot of sympathy for the side in terms of us being unfortunate not to have taken anything.”
One positive aspect from the match were the performances of centre-back’s Kieran Weledji and Alex, the former picking up the man of the match award.
Weledji put his body on the line several times during the match, including making two goal-line clearances which was a pleasing side to the clash.
“I thought the two centre-halves were exceptional,” Hardy said.
“Alex (White) and Kieza (Kieran Weledji) headed and kicked everything that needed to be dealt with and Kieza took up some good positions.
“Alex was consistent all the way through the game but the issue was that there were times when they were left short due to errors further up the field.”
Click here to watch Chris Hardy’s post-match interview with Liam Ryder.