HE wanted nothing more than to stick one over his former team, but Graeme Armstrong graciously conceded that Gateshead deserved to win Saturday’s FA Cup first round clash at Croft Park.
Even without a helping hand.
Now, he says, Blyth must put defeat behind them, and with home games against Vauxhall Motors and Hinckley United over the next five days, begin to accrue the points to lift themselves off the bottom of Blue Square Bet North.
“We’re obviously very disappointed,” said Armstrong (pictured right), who spent three years at the International Stadium before joining Harrogate Town, then the Spartans.
“It’s one of those things, you’ve given everything but it isn’t quite good enough. Gateshead deserved to win and I wish them luck in the next round. We conceded a bad goal first of all.
“Dan (Groves) held his hands up, he made a mistake but unfortunately you can’t give teams like Gateshead that sort of gift.
“We didn’t get enough of the ball in the first half. In the second half we came back into the game and were better, but unfortunately conceded a goal when we were actually on top.
“So that’s the disappointing thing for us, and it’s difficult to take because it’s such a big occasion and you want to do so well.
“We know how good Gateshead are, and even though there’s a lot of rivalry there, you’ve got to hold your hands up and say that they’re a quality side.
“They kept the ball really well and after 14 minutes it’s hard when you give a goal away like we did, through a mistake. You just can’t afford to do that as this level.
“That’s why they’re playing at the level they are, and we’re where we are. When you make mistakes against a team like them, you get punished.
“So it’s disappointing, and especially for me.
“I had three good years at Gateshead but there’s nothing I wanted more than to put one over on them.
“Now we just have to put this behind us, forget about it and move on. We’ve got a really big week in the league and we need to start picking up points and lifting ourselves off the bottom of the table.”