Gary Mills: Play-offs are 'massive' for Gateshead

Gary Mills has admitted climbing into the play-off places this week would be simply "massive" for Gateshead

Ian Horrocks/Getty Images Gateshead FC boss Gary Mills
Gateshead FC boss Gary Mills

Gary Mills has admitted climbing into the play-off places this week would be simply "massive" for Gateshead.

Victory over Nuneaton hoisted the Tynesiders into sixth spot in the Conference, only goal difference keeping them outside a play-offs spot.

Aldershot visit the International Stadium tomorrow.

Gateshead – who also have two games in hand on third placed Alfreton – have 19 games left to make dreams of challenging for a place in the Football League reality.

After James Brown and James Marwood notched two second-half goals to see off Nuneaton, Mills said: “We’ve had to dig in some weeks and fight for those one-pointers and it’s those one pointers which has helped put us where we are.

“You have to work hard from start to finish. You can see why Nuneaton have done well this season. It could have gone either way in the end, but we got it and I’m delighted.”

After a goalless first half, the second period exploded into life - Marcus Maddison rolling the ball into the path of James Brown who applied a close-ange finish after just 52 seconds.

Nine minutes later Adam Walker levelled. but the Heed hit back.

With 10 minutes to go Josh Walker’s corner found James Curtis who headed goalwards before in-form Marwood stabbed home the winner.

It was Marwood’s 10th of the season and Mills is bringing out the best in a player who came through the ranks with the likes of Paul Dummett and Andy Carroll at Newcastle. However, reflecting on the win, Mills added: “It was a good game for the neutral. When we went one up, they got one back and kept the pressure on us, but we kept going.

“We had two or three chances but Marzy popped up and grabbed us the winner. It’s massive for us.”

Now emphasis switches to Aldershot, when Gateshead will hope for a similar crowd to the 726 against Nuneaton.

Mills hit the nail on the head when he spoke of the play-offs, saying: “It’s massive for the whole club.”

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