Gateshead manager Neil Aspin insists he is still “looking for more” from his side following today’s 1-1 draw at Lincoln City.
On the back of a dreadful display at home to Macclesfield Town on Friday, the Heed were slow to get going at Sincil Bank, with the hosts dominant in the first-half.
Alex Simmons and Jack Muldoon both came close to opening the scoring for the Imps, before Luke Waterfall finally broke the deadlock with 37 minutes on the clock.
Lincoln continued to look the more threatening side before being pegged back late on, Danny Johnson latching onto Michael Onovwigun’s through pass before coolly slotting beyond former Gateshead stopper Paul Farman.
The Tynesiders improved after drawing level, enjoying more of the ball in the attacking third.
Aspin was content to take a point, however, admitting that his side had rode their luck prior to restoring parity.
He said: “I think any away point is a good point in this league, particularly after the game against Macclesfield on Friday.
“We didn’t play until we got the goal, but after that we were a different team. Up until then, we had been very poor.
“It’s a case of taking the positives – once we scored, confidence picked up and we finished strongly, and we were unfortunate not to get a second.
“I still want to see a lot more, but it’s a step forward after Friday, which was totally unacceptable. I’m not kidding myself, though – we need to be a lot better.
“Analysing it, we were fortunate not to be further behind at half-time. If we had gone 2-0 down, we would have been in big trouble.
“Though we didn’t play particularly well in the second-half, Lincoln were comfortable without really hurting us.
“It was a good finish by Danny. He knows what I want from him, and he showed today that he’s a natural goalscorer.
“If he can continue to work hard, then he’ll be in the team.”
Aspin also praised on-loan midfielder Onovwigun, who had entered the fray as a substitute for Gus Mafuta just minutes before providing the assist for Johnson’s equaliser.
Onovwigun was withdrawn less than 25 minutes into his debut on Friday, but Aspin remains keen to see more of the midfielder between now and the end of the season.
He said: “I actually thought he did OK on Friday. He passed it quite well, but being 2-0 down inside 20 minutes changes everything, and he had to come off.
“I won’t judge him yet – he’s rusty and hasn’t played a lot of football. He has some good attributes and I’ll be looking at him in the next few weeks.”