Jamie Chandler insists Gateshead’s Boxing Day performance and result has filled them with confidence ahead of today’s trip to Chester.
The Tynesiders drew 1-1 with FC Halifax Town. Yet the extent to which they dominated possession and chances against a side two places above them in the Skrill Premier table has boosted the Heed amid a run of just one win in five in all competitions.
Chandler said: “It is a positive, we’re back on track with points on the board after two defeats and we’ll be full of confidence going into the game at Chester. It was very one-sided against Halifax – they had a gameplan to come and knick a goal and sit back to take a 1-0 or a draw, which they did.
“The second half was a lot better from us, we were right on the front foot, had a lot of chances and on another day that game could have finished 5-1 or 6-1 to Gateshead.
“That is frustrating because in the first half we dominated but I think we were a bit slow in terms of tempo.
“The gaffer wanted a reaction in the second half and I certainly think we gave him one.”
Not least Chandler himself, who equalised with his third goal of the season. While reluctant to disclose his personal target for the campaign, the midfielder and club vice-captain is determined to add more goals to his game.
He added: “It was nice to get a goal as well, I’m delighted about that. I’ve been due one, I’ve had a few chances over the last few games I’ve played.
“I probably should have had at least two or three against Halifax.
“The previous manager (Anth Smith) set me a target for the season.
“I won’t disclose it but I’m on my way towards it and it’d be nice to get a few more goals and go on a bit of a run. I average a chance a game so it’d be nice to start taking them more regularly.”