Frus­tra­tion to be held at Gateshead

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MAC­CLES­FIELD Town as­sis­tant man­ager Steve Wat­son ad­mits he was frus­trated not to take all three points dur­ing his side’s 1-1 draw with Gateshead last Tues­day.

It looked like the two teams were head­ing for a goal­less draw at the Moss Rose, but Manny Smith opened the scor­ing for Gateshead on 75 min­utes.

John McCombe struck seven min­utes later though to en­sure that both sides took a share of the spoils.

The draw for Mac­cles­field meant that Gateshead’s six-game win­ning run was brought to an end, Wat­son felt that his side should have got even more from the game.

“Over­all, there was plenty of pos­i­tives but when you dom­i­nate games it is frus­trat­ing not to get the three points,” he said.

“We played very well in the first half. We dom­i­nated the ball and had lots of pos­ses­sion. Gateshead are the in-form team in the league and had won six games in a row. They haven’t strug­gled to score goals and we re­stricted them to very lit­tle in the first half.

“We didn’t work their goal­keeper hard enough. In the sec­ond half they changed their sys­tem and it was much tougher to get enough time on the ball but we did have enough pos­ses­sion in dan­ger­ous ar­eas to cause a lot more prob­lems.

“They scored a sloppy goal but we had a good re­sponse through John McCombe. Him and Ge­orge Pilk­ing­ton were out­stand­ing all night against three strik­ers who have vir­tu­ally got Gateshead to where they are.”

Gateshead were lively in the open­ing stages and al­most went ahead on five min­utes when James Bolton nar­rowly fired wide.

Macc be­gan to dic­tate pro­ceed­ings from then on­wards, hav­ing the ma­jor­ity of pos­ses­sion but fail­ing to cre­ate many clear-cut op­por­tu­ni­ties.

They did have a good chance two min­utes be­fore the break when Chris Hol­royd rounded Gateshead goal­keeper James Mont­gomery, but Smith man­aged to clear the shot off the line.

It was a quiet sec­ond half, with the next ma­jor chance com­ing when Smith got his side’s open­ing goal.

Scott Flin­ders had ini­tially saved an at­tempt from Paddy McLaugh­lin, but Smith was on hand to slot the ball home from close range.

Mac­cles­field en­sured they wouldn’t be left empty handed though as McCombe headed home from a free kick to make the fi­nal score 1-1.

The point left Macc in ninth place ahead of their trip to Ch­ester as the Ex­press went to print on Tues­day.

Conor Mol­loy

John McCombe gets a header on tar­get against Gateshead

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