Workington Reds boss Lee Andrews bemoaned poor choices that have cost his side dearly in their battle against relegation.

Reds lost to South Shields on Tuesday night 2-0 with the goals coming from a penalty and a free-kick and Andrews admitted that individual errors were causing problems.

They are now deep in relegation trouble with just four games remaining and the light at the end of the tunnel fading.

“I thought we started the game really well and we looked the better team for the first 40 minutes and then an individual error cost us again,” he said.

“I think it’s the story of our season. We say every week about individual errors costing us. We gave South Shields the lift up they needed and from the moment the referee blew his whistle for a penalty the confidence just drained from our players.

“It was a definite penalty, it was just poor defending.

“We talked about not giving away silly fouls and free kicks, we spoke about the number of penalties we have conceded in the last 10 games.

“I would like to know the stats as it wouldn’t surprise me if we weren’t far off conceding 10 penalties in 10 games, so it’s disappointing.

“Some people might say its lazy defending, others might say it’s the lads trying to be hard to break down but it’s just poor defending.”

And the second goal, curled in from a free-kick was the death knell for Reds in the game.

“We said at half-time stay in the game and we’ll get a chance at some point and later in the game we did have two really good chances the ball flashed across the box and on the final whistle Jason missed a good chance.

“You feel if we hadn’t conceded that second goal they might have got anxious to defend as they needed to win the game as well but the second goal killed us really.”