South Shields joint-boss Lee Picton says he and co-manager Graham Fenton will not be complaining despite a sticky patch for the Mariners.

Shields had taken well to life in the Evo-Stik Premier Division but a succession of injuries, including the loss of front two Carl Finnigan and Gavin Cogdon, has seen the side suffer back-to-back defeats in the league, as well as exiting the FA Cup to Stockport County.

After a 3-0 loss at Warrington, the Mariners were beaten 2-0 at Buxton last night. Picton, however, says neither he nor joint-gaffer Fenton will be feeling sorry for themselves.

“It was only a couple of weeks ago that we were really happy with the situation that we were in. Things can turn really, really quickly, but the positive side is things can turn really quickly back again.

“We had a tough week not so long ago when we had the Farsley and North Ferriby defeats, then we went on a really good run off the back of that. I just think we’ve suffered some horrendous luck, we really have, in terms of injuries and the knock-on effects and various other things; couple of goals we’ve conceded have just been, this one tonight was unbelievable.

“But look, you’re not gonna hear me or Graham moan about things; this is part and parcel of football, part and parcel of life. You can’t have it all your own way and you certainly won’t see me or Graham acting like spoiled brats.”

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