Gateshead FC must bounce back - Gary Mills

Gateshead FC host Halifax after a defeat at Luton. Gary Mills side will be looking to bounce back and move up from their current tenth place

Gateshead FC manager Gary Mills
Gateshead FC manager Gary Mills

Gary Mills has challenged his Gateshead side to put Saturday’s defeat at Luton Town behind them by picking up “as many points as we can by January”.

The Tynesiders lost 4-2 at Kenilworth Road, leaving them 10th in Skrill Premier.

They welcome eighth-placed FC Halifax Town to the International Stadium this afternoon.

And Mills said: “Obviously, we’re disappointed that we’re out of the FA Cup and Trophy.

“It’s never nice, because it’s always nice to have a run in those, and particularly the FA Trophy with the chance to get to Wembley.

“But listen, that’s gone. We deserved to be knocked out, we didn’t play well on the day. I’ve said to the players that we’ve got to take that on the chin. It happens.

“But certainly our league form, before Saturday, has been excellent.

“Going to somewhere like Lincoln and getting a result there, a 1-0, which is always nice away from home, it’s another valuable three points for us.

“It puts us in a good position. It was the start of four games away from home in five, and it’s important we pick up as many points as we can going into January.”

Then, Mills hopes to add a striker, a wide midfielder and a left-back to his ranks.

His former York City forward Jason Walker has been training with the squad over the past fortnight and, fitness permitting, is expected to sign once his contract with Swedish second division side Ostersunds FK expires at the turn of the year.

For now, however, the Gateshead boss is simply focusing on a return to winning ways against Halifax.

“Halifax are another team who have started the season well, it’s always a tough game against them,” said Mills.

“They’re a direct side, and they’ll come here and try and make it difficult for us.

“So it’s another challenge for us to get three points.

“Hopefully, with it being Boxing Day, we’ll get a good crowd in.

“Forget being knocked out of the cups. Our league form before Saturday has been fantastic, we’d taken 28 points from a possible 36. That’s an incredible ratio of points to get in 12 games.

“If we can get anything like that in the next 12, that’s promotion form.

“We’ve got 24 games left, we know what we’ve got to do.

“And I know what I’ve got to do in January to enable us to achieve that.”



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