What a re­lief!

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The Shots have ground out back- to­back away wins to take them up to 20 points, level with Dover Ath­letic, but have a bet­ter goal dif­fer­ence.

Af­ter the num­ber of in­juries his squad have been suf­fer­ing re­cently, it shows the qual­ity and de­ter­mi­na­tion of Wad­dock’s men to stay in the mix.

Fa­bien Robert turned out to be the match- win­ner for the Shots in the North East, hav­ing been sent on just past the hour mark.

And with around 10 min­utes re­main­ing, Wad­dock had to go back to the chang­ing room hav­ing drunk too much fluid.

“I missed the goal we scored as I went back to the dress­ing room – I had a lit­tle bit too much wa­ter dur­ing the course of the game so I had to re­lieve my­self,” ad­mit­ted the boss.

“It was a very good vic­tory and a clean sheet. Three points up there is a valu­able three points for us as Gateshead is al­ways a tough place to go to, and they’re a good side.

“We al­ways feel we can win but we had to make changes.

“They came on strong in the sec­ond half and we had to stay in the game.

“Those changes in the end won us the game. Through­out the course of ev­ery match we talk about chang­ing things to give us an op­por­tu­nity.

“It was also a sec­ond or third game for us in a week, so it’s a tall ask.

“I thought for spells we had good pos­ses­sion for an away side, but they were al­ways a threat, their strik­ers were a hand­ful. We had to make sure we were se­cure at the back and in the mid­dle of the park.

“They came on strong in the sec- ond half but, let’s not for­get, the fit group of play­ers we have gave ev­ery­thing. It was a mag­nif­i­cent ef­fort and also with the help of our sup­port­ers – how vo­cal they were again – got us over the line.”

Wad­dock, who last week asked Shots fans to raise the vol­ume, praised the trav­el­ling sup­port.

There were 127 fans back­ing play­ers.

Thank­ing the trav­el­ling sup­port­ers for mak­ing the ef­fort, he added: “It was bril­liant.

“It’s a long way from home, so for them to make the jour­ney, our lads ap­pre­ci­ated that.” his

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