Gateshead FC boss Gary Mills is delighted with his team

Gateshead FC aren't perfect, but they will do for boss Gary Mills

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

Gateshead FC manager Gary Mills is not one to seek perfection.

Let’s be frank, he’s in the wrong job if that’s his goal in life.

And yet when pressed to name what his side could do better to enable them to make the play-off places this season, the boss is a bit stuck for words.

Mills said: “It’s difficult to be critical of anything we have done. We’ve lost twice in the last 12 games, which is some record.

“We have played some really good football if late and I can’t praise the guys too much.

“If pushed, I would suggest that we need to be just a bit more ruthless up front because there are one of two opportunities we have let slip by us.

“But that’s about it. I’m not looking for perfection. I’m in the wrong game for that.”

Gateshead travel to Lincoln City tonight, a former Football League club that has fallen on some difficult times.

Indeed, Mills and his squad are set to spend a large part of their time on the road.

They have one game at home - Halifax Town on Boxing Day - out of their next six fixtures.

It’s one of those runs that can either go really well, or depressingly badly. There doesn’t tend to be anything in the middle.

Mills said: “It’s a test. I’ll give you that. We actually have three away games in a row (including a FA Trophy tie at Eastleigh) which is a good start for the Festive games!

“At this level, all the games are difficult so we will know a bit more of where we are when we come out the end of it.

“My position is that if we can emerge from this run with a decent points total, and with some home games coming up, we will be pretty decently placed.

“Quite a few of the teams above us have played a few games more so I see this as a catch-up match. If we beat Lincoln, we can move up four or five places up the league. So it’s a big night for us.”

Gateshead have been playing some sublime football recently. They get the ball down and pass it, a trait teams two levels above them struggle to do.

Mills has enjoyed watching his team and believes they are deserving of the credit that has come their way.

He said: “We’ve put in a lot of good performances and the results have been good as well. I have to say that I’ve had a great response from them since we have come in.

“I would like to see us push up the league a bit more so we could do with three points from this one.

“It’s a tough game for us. Lincoln are a direct side that get a lot of joy from set-pieces.

“I’ve had the chance to watch them a few times this season. They are a strong side and we need to combat that.

“They must be switched on at all times because they are dangerous with the cross ball.

“However, if we go out and play our football the way they have been doing, we will be fine.”

Gateshead’s players would be forgiven for still licking their wounds after losing out last Friday in the FA Cup to Oxford United in extra time.

It was a result they ill-deserved and a FA Cup run would have had the whole club buzzing.

“They are fine. We are already over that, “Mills insisted. “We are simply looking forward to the Lincoln game and the rest of the season.”


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