Gateshead lost their first league game since last March when they went down 2-1 to lowly placed Ilkeston Town at the International Stadium on Saturday.
To say Gateshead should have wrapped this one up is an understatement, but they missed too many of their chances.
Gateshead have now scored just 4 goals in their last 4 games, as goals seemed to have dried up, after scoring 30 goals in their first 7 games.
But manager Ian Bogie is being realistic when he said after the game:
â€œWe didnâ€™t deserve to lose against Ilkeston.â€ â€œSeven wins and a draw from the first nine league games is hardly a disaster.â€
“Weâ€™ll play worse and sneak games, but we gave away a needless penalty and then missed one at the other end which gave Ilkeston a lift.â€
“We dominated possession, particularly in the second half, but didnâ€™t test their keeper enough. We lacked thrust in the final third and strength and power in midfield.â€
“But one defeat doesnâ€™t change anything. Weâ€™ve been built up to be knocked down but weâ€™re still handily placed and will go top if we win our game in hand.”
Good down to earth thinking from the boss.
After 16 minutes goalkeeper Peter Keen threw himself at Ilkeston striker Adam Mullerâ€™s feet and Muller went flying and got the penalty that was duly dispatched by Muller. Then Gateshead contrived to miss a penalty when Harwoodâ€™s spot-kick was saved by Paul Pettinger. Ilkeston got the win when Neil Ross headed home on 74 minutes.
Here’s the current Unibond Premier League with Gateshead currently in 3rd place, just 2 points behind leaders Guiseley with 2 games in hand.
Next weekâ€™s game is at mid-table Lincoln United, and hopefully Gateshead will be able to get back on track. The goal of Gateshead Football Club is to get back into the Football League within 5 years – and we’ll be following them every week on their journey.
Comments always welcome on Gateshead’s fortunes.