Tynesiders targeting a play-off place

TIM Deasy believes Gateshead will be back in the play-offs if they can take six points from their next two games.

TIM Deasy believes Gateshead will be back in the play-offs if they can take six points from their next two games.

The Heed welcome Ebbsfleet to the International Stadium today and Hayes & Yeading on Tuesday, and the goalkeeper is confident of a 100% return.

Deasy, who has cemented his place as number one at Gateshead, also dismissed suggestions the FA Trophy exit at Luton could be a blessing in disguise.

He said: “I hear that said a lot. It is every player’s dream to play at Wembley and we would have loved to have been there in May.

“Everyone was down after the defeat and no-one felt they did themselves proud.

“We have to show the fans, the manager and the chairman we want to do well for the club.

“The manager explained who we were playing and who the sides around us play.

“It is almost certain if we win both games we can return to the top five.

“That is our aim – we have two massive matches and we must go for six points, but if we do not get that it is not the end of the world. I am not saying we can afford to start losing games, but if we take four points from six that will not be a bad return.”

The Tynesiders have been dealt a hammer blow with the injury of Yemi Odubade, who could miss the remainder of the season.

The striker has broke the same bone in his foot which ruled him out for two months earlier in the season and may need surgery to fix the problem.

Forwards Liam Hatch and Nathan Fisher made successful midweek comebacks, however, playing 45 minutes each in the Durham Challenge Cup win over Billingham Town.

Fisher, who has been out for two months with a persistent groin injury, scored twice in three minutes after coming on at half-time, while Hatch completed the first 45 minutes and the commanding striker is likely to be included in the squad against Ebbsfleet.

The game is likely to be too soon for Fisher, who is still lacking match fitness and will require another week of training before being considered to first team selection.

Ebbsfleet could welcome back defender Joe Howe for the clash after he missed the 2-1 defeat to Southport.

The Port scored two penalties and missed another to make it back to back defeats and eight goals conceded in two games for the Fleet ahead of their trip to the North East.


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