AS disappointed as he is by three straight defeats, Ian Bogie has urged Gateshead fans to cast off any “doom and gloom” and dwell on the “progress and positives” of a season spent stepping forward.
The Tynesiders entertain Newport County today (kick off 5.15pm) on the back of a trio of losses, the last a 3-2 reverse at Mansfield Town on Monday when with 15 minutes remaining, they were 2-0 up.
That has left some supporters, their expectations unreasonable after ‘fantastic February’, bemoaning a season they suspect to be petering out.
But Bogie, while desperate for victory this afternoon, has instructed them to consider how far Gateshead have come in 12 months as a truer reflection of where they stand now.
“It’s not all doom and gloom here,” said Bogie, without Kris Gate (rib), Jon Shaw and Ben Clark (hamstrings) and Paul Farman (groin).
“When I’ve reflected on it and looked back on the season as a whole, we’ve made the progress we set out to make.
“We’re going into our last game in comfort compared to last year, having taken points off some very good teams like Crawley Town and Luton Town, and scoring a record seven goals against Wrexham.
“There are lots of positives, but what happens when you bow out with a couple of negative results is that everyone remembers that, and previous achievements, through February for instance, probably leave fans with unrealistic expectations.
“We’re disappointed over the last couple of weeks to have lost three in a row and we want to arrest that by beating Newport.
“But look how far we’ve come this season from last, we’ve climbed the table and we went very close to getting to Wembley in the FA Trophy.
“We’ve made progress, but these things take time.
“We’ve gone full-time, but taken on a lot of young pros who’ve been part-time for a long time before that. The transition takes time.
“I’m not making excuses, but we have some weary legs in there and there psychological factor is also there, losing to Darlington in the FA Trophy just knocked the stuffing out of us.
“It’s only natural some of the lads have, not switched off, but found games not as crucial as at this stage last year. That happens at all levels.
“But we still want to finish with a win, get to 60 points and that will be a very acceptable achievement.”