Gateshead manager Neil Aspin rued his side’s recent bad luck as they fell to a 2-1 defeat against relegation strugglers Torquay United.
The Heed were the better team throughout the first-half and led 1-0 at the break thanks to Jon Shaw’s third goal of the season.
But the hosts hit the woodwork three times throughout the first period, with Shaw striking the same post twice in the same attack at the end of the half as Gateshead failed to add to their one-goal advantage.
And Torquay made the Tynesiders pay after the restart with substitutes Iffy Allen and Andre Wright both netting for the Gulls to earn them the points.
The result moves Torquay out of the Vanarama National League relegation zone, while the Heed remain in ninth-place following their ninth home defeat of the season.
Aspin said: “We’ve had some bad luck. I think we’ve had a couple that have hit the bar and the post.
“We were very unfortunate and, on another day, we would have scored three or four goals before half-time.
“I don’t think luck favoured us today but in football you make your own luck and it’s always about what you do in both penalty areas.
“For me, it’s frustrating at the moment. I’m not enjoying it at all because you don’t know what you are going to get.
“That perfectly summed up the season. You don’t know what you are going to get, because the first-half was really good and the second-half was really poor.
“You can’t, as a manager, sit back and expect the level of performance which we need because the level of performance at the moment is so up and down.”
Gateshead ended the match with ten men after substitute Andre Bennett went off injured in the closing stages to compound a miserable afternoon for Aspin’s men.
Aspin said: “We’ve been down with our luck this season and you are hoping that you can get the season over with and start again.
“Hopefully, we can have an injury-free run next season.”
But the Heed’s boss did admit he would at least be able to take some positives from his side’s first-half display.
He said: “I thought in the first-half there were some positive performances going forward and some of the play was good.”
Aspin also provided the latest on the fitness of top scorer Ryan Bowman, who made a surprise return to the squad after missing Monday’s 1-1 draw at Lincoln City.
He said: “At the start of the week, I was told he would need to rest his knee. But then he trained on Thursday.
“He was available for the game. He came off the bench and I don’t think he’s had a problem.
“It’s tendonitis, so it can flare up – he could feel alright one day and be uncomfortable the next.”