No place to Hyde for Gary Mills' Gateshead men

Gary Mills insists his in-form Gateshead side cannot afford to take it easy against bottom-of-the-table Hyde tonight

Gateshead FC manager Gary Mills
Gateshead FC manager Gary Mills

Gary Mills insists Gateshead will not read too much into Hyde’s early-season travails.

Hyde are bottom of the Conference National and have yet to win this season, as they play host to Mills’ Tynesiders tonight.

In contrast, Gateshead arrive at Ewen Fields in fine form, with their 2-0 weekend victory over Dartford at the International Stadium making it three wins out of their last four games.

However, Mills says Gateshead cannot afford to take Hyde lightly.

“Hyde have had a difficult start and haven’t won a game as yet, but I’ve seen them a couple of times and they have been unlucky on occasions,” he said. “They maybe haven’t put away their chances, and that has cost them.

“But we certainly won’t be taking them lightly. We’ve won three games out of four and we want to make it four wins out of five.

“We know that if we play as well as we can we are capable of winning, and we have to make sure we put in the same kind of performance that we produced against Dartford on Saturday.”

Gateshead dominated against Darts at the weekend, and could have won by a more comprehensive scoreline.

Mills added: “We played really well and created lots of chances.

“Their goalkeeper had a very good game, and we had to wait until almost half-time to score our second goal – and by then we should really have been three or four up.

“But the important thing is that we won.”

Gateshead go into tonight’s game in 16th place, and another win could see them move into midtable.

Mills has midfielder JoshWalker available again afterinjury, but could name an unchanged side tonight.

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