WARRINGTON Town “caused their own problems” in Saturday’s 5-0 hammering at Shaw Lane, manager Paul Carden says.

Yellows fell to defeat in a Saturday afternoon match for the first time this season in a game that also saw defender Jack Higgins sent off for a two-footed tackle.

Report and pics: Shaw Lane 5 Yellows 0.

“We encouraged them to do the things they are good at,” Carden said.

“The pitch was shocking but we were still trying to play across it, which invites trouble anyway.

“They didn’t open us up or pass the ball, they just put the ball in areas for us to defend and we didn’t cope with it.

“We’ve probably approached the game as we did against Tamworth, looking to play, but we’ve overdone it and caused our own problems.”

The Ducks were playing for the first time in two weeks in what was new manager Paul Quinn’s first game in charge at Sheerien Park.

Carden admits it was “the wrong time” for Yellows to come up against their promotion rivals, who move above them in the Evo-Stik Premier Division table.

“We looked a bit shell-shocked with the start we made and we never really recovered,” he said.

“At 2-0, we threatened a little bit but after that, I think everyone connected with Warrington was hoping for the final whistle.

“It was evident with the performance that we weren’t going to get a result.

“They’ve had a couple of weeks without a game, which allowed their new managed six or seven sessions with his squad before his first game in charge.

“We’ve probably gone there at the wrong time for us and the right time for them.”