Gateshead 0-0 Sunderland XI

31/07/2011, by Jeff Bowron

Nathan FisherGateshead stretched their unbeaten run to five games but were unable to record a fifth straight win as the sun beat down at the International Stadium.

A game largely confined to midfield saw Gateshead create the better chances without finding the net against a Black Cats side that included experienced pair George McCartney and Nyron Nosworthy.

The Heed were sound defensively apart from a short goal kick that almost gifted Sunderland the lead on the hour and it was no surprise that the game finished goalless.

"It was a good game, a technical one, between two good footballing sides though I felt we created the better goalscoring opportunities," said Gateshead manager Ian Bogie.

"We're getting close to what will be the starting eleven at Kidderminster and it's important we give everyone the best possible chance.

"We've still got two more friendlies to play starting with Newcastle on Tuesday which will be a similar game against a talented young side with good players who are technically sound."

An accurate long ball from James Curtis saw Jon Shaw's header put Yemi Odubade in on the left but his driven cross hit Kris Gate and went wide of the near post.

Another long Curtis pass saw Odubade almost pick out Gate again midway through the first half and a minute later saw the best chance of a tight game go begging.

Micky Cummins' short pass was helped on by Shaw to leave Nathan Fisher one-on-one with Black Cats keeper Ben Wilson only for the striker to screw his shot wide.

Adam Reed's 28 yard drive on the half hour was Sunderland's first threat on goal but Paul Farman made a comfortable save diving to his right.

Shaw was leading the line well and winning the majority of his headers and the former England C man had a chance to break the deadlock just before the interval.

Chris Carruthers' ball out of defence saw Shaw win the ball in the air to find Odubade whose return pass gave the front man a sight of goal.

However, just as Fisher had done earlier, Shaw got poor contact on the ball from just outside the box and shot harmlessly wide.

Carruthers' right side corner was then headed beyond the far post by Curtis while Frenchman Oumare Tounkara shot straight at Farman on the stroke of half-time.

Bogie made three changes at the break and an enforced fourth ten minutes in when Shaw had to be replaced by Gary Mulligan after picking up a knock.

McCartney's free kick was headed over by Nosworthy under pressure from Curtis and then Farman to hack clear off the line after he had lost possession from Ben Clark's pass at a short goal kick.

Tounkara released Jordan Cook on the left side of the box two minutes later but Farman parried the striker's angled shot with Kris Gate then clearing the danger.

Nosworthy hauled down Mulligan outside the box and Chris Moore's curling free kick saw Curtis glance a header inches wide of the post.

A Josh Gillies cross then saw Michael Liddle, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Gateshead, turn the ball just past his own post.

Gillies then struck a 25 yard shot over the bar as the game ended in a predictable goalless stalemate.


Gateshead: Farman (Deasy 74), Odhiambo, Carruthers (Baxter 46), Gate, Curtis (Moyes 73), Clark, Fisher (Moore 46), Turnbull, Shaw (Mulligan 54), Odubade (Gillies 66), Cummins (Nix 46)


Sunderland X1: Wilson, Bagnall (Marrs 74), McCartney, Reed, Nosworthy, Liddle, Cook, Deacon, Tounkara, Armstrong (Elliott 74), Mitchell (Gorrin 74)
Sub (not used): King (GK)


Referee: Scott Duncan (Newcastle)

Att: 452


Chris Carruthers

Chris Carruthers


Eddie Odhiambo

Eddie Odhiambo


Micky Cummins

Micky Cummins


Nathan Fisher

Nathan Fisher


Yemi Odubade

Yemi Odubade. Photos by Steven Hadlow & Simon Barclay.