Gateshead manager Neil Aspin chose to reflect on the positives as his side played out a resilient 1-1 draw with Macclesfield Town at the International Stadium on Tuesday evening.
A Danny Johnson strike after twelve minutes gave the Heed an early advantage, only for Macclesfield midfielder Danny Rowe to equalise less then 15 minutes later in a game which saw both sides squander several chances to take the three points.
The stalemate marks a third successive home draw for Gateshead after recent ties with Eastleigh and Wrexham, yet Aspin opted to focus on the encouragement of nine games without defeat for the promotion hopefuls.
“The positives are that it’s another game unbeaten” explained Aspin.
“I know that draws don’t move you up the league like three points but it is important that we become difficult to beat.
“I have to give credit to Macclesfield.
“I thought especially in the first half after they went a goal behind, I thought they played some really good football.
“Hopefully in time we’ll turn some draws into victories.”
The Macclesfield equaliser was nothing less then they deserved and came as a result of both a lapse in concentration from the home side’s defence, as well as a fierce away side response.
“You can look at it either way” said Aspin.
“You can say that we didn’t play but you could say that they had good play and forced us back.
“When we scored we didn’t kick on.
“So I think in this instance it was more of a case that they dictated the play and pushed us back and I think it was a poor goal to concede.”
Although winning only one of there previous seven league fixtures, the Silkmen were level on points with the home side heading into the game and looking to build on from a 2-1 away victory against promotion rivals Aldershot Town.
And momentum appeared to have been carried from the weekend win as boss Aspin was forced into a half time substitution in order to reclaim some lost dominance.
“We’ve had to change our shape in the second half” admitted Aspin.
“I felt they were dominating possession and we needed to get tighter and the change of formation allowed us to do that.
“I think it worked for the second half, I thought we were better.
“But we looked a little bit leggy towards the end of the game.”
Nearing the end of a congested November, Gateshead travel to the Kingfield Stadium this weekend to face a struggling Woking side perched at the wrong end of the National League Table.
However, for a manger who knows the league more than most, underestimating the opponent is a danger the Heed will be aiming to avoid.
“I think we prepare properly for every game” said Aspin.
“You give respect to every team because its that type of league.
“So I’ll do a little bit more research on Woking because you can only prepare for one game at a time.
“And then we’ll go down there and look to get a win.”
Article: James Bell (@jamescb90)
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