Typical Gateshead, lose at home to Blyth then beat Spennymoor away. They dominated for long spells but we defended very well and (apart from that heart-in-mouth scramble at the start of the second half) restricted them to mainly hopeful crosses. Great support, great atmosphere, and a great win.
Well done to Mike and the lads who took a bit of stick after Boxing Day - hopefully we can now go to Croft Park and get our revenge.
Great performance today by the lads, in all areas of the pitch. We were looking for a reaction after Boxing Day, and boy did we get one! Fabulous atmosphere created by the Heed Army too. On to Croft Park now and revenge!
Been a year or 2 since I'd been to spenny but great changes there Roof and bar at top goal and seats in bottom goal looks great lovely little ground there now With them also now owning the moors tavern at the top of the street you have to admire brad groves and all he has done there
Well 72 hours after being beaten by Blyth we go and win at Spennymoor. Wonder if the booing's now stopped that was supposedly heard at the end of the Blyth game. I've seen the HEED dominate teams throughout this season and am sick of hearing oppositions managers saying we're the best team they've played and how lucky they were in winning. Yesterday was the complete opposite I thought we were the poorer team but for once the luck that deserted us against King's Lynn, Oldham and Blyth especially in front of goal was finally rewarded. Our second and third goals yesterday were top class and worthy of winning any game. Maybe we need to learn from these two games (Blyth & Spennymoor) and look to start winning ugly. Yes we know we can dominate games and play some lovely stuff but that doesn't always win you matches. Yesterday we were forced to defend by a very strong team who seem to like to play on the front foot, which is how we played against Blyth, Kings Lynn and Oldham losing all 3. We seemed to have a better balance yesterday and when we went to 5 at the back we looked even stronger. Blyth was one defeat, Spennymoor was one win, there'll be more of both throughout the rest of the season. Let's just hope the New Year is better than this one and we're still enjoying "Derby Games" over the Christmas season this time next year, as we very nearly weren't this year.