Ferrell – Defending was “Criminal” from Set-Pieces – Bedlington Terriers (Andrew McDonnell)

 

Newly appointed player-assistant manager Andy Ferrell expressed his disappointment with the Terriers’ defending from set pieces in the game against Consett.

He labelled their defending “criminal” after pulling the game back to 3-2, but then going on to concede two goals within quick succession in the second-half.

He said: “I thought we did alright for the opening 20/25 minutes, but we conceded two very sloppy goals before half-time and our defending from set-pieces was criminal.

“You work hard to get the game back when Jordan [Nellis] scored and then they go and score their fourth and fifth within two minutes of each other, that comes through lack of concentration and switching off.”

Ferrell, who was appointed on Thursday evening, previously had a spell with Bedlington two seasons ago, but this time around his roles are different as he has the managerial side to his game this time around.

He added: “I don’t think Consett were three goals better than us, what they were is clinical in front of goal, the only problem we have is our ability to defend them and that starts from the front.

“All we can do is to ensure the side that our attitudes are spot on, because players are playing for their futures, we’re looking at which players we want to keep for next season.”

Bedlington Terriers manager Gary Innes believes that Consett “were not” three goals better than his side, but they did take their chance better.

The Terriers took the lead in the game through Andrew Keenen, but went in at the break 3-1 behind due to lapses in concentration which lead to the Steelman taking advantage.

He said: “I have mixed emotions really about the defeat, we started the game fantastic and went one up, but couldn’t shut the door as we wanted too after that.

“One positive we can take from the game is that we scored three goals away from home today, and I can’t tell you the last time Bedlington Terriers scored three goals at home or away.

“My emotions today went from positive and good to disappointing and frustrating.”

Jordan Nellis scored a superb goal following a 30-yard solo run, twisting and turning through tackles, but Consett’s fourth and fifth followed in quick succession.

Innes added: “We got it back to 3-2 and at that point I thought we were going to get something from the game, then a couple of lapses in concentration put the game beyond us.

“I didn’t think they were three goals better than us today, but they did take their chances better than us and predominantly they defended better too.”

Newly appointed assistant player/manager Andy Ferrell came on as a sub substitute and scored a sublime lob over the goalkeeper, but it proved to be indecisive.

Innes concluded: “Andy’s presence gave the side a boost when he came on, he very rarely gives the ball away and he contained possession well for us.”

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