What a relief!
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