By Rory Drake
Gateshead captain Scott Barrow felt Saturday’s 2-1 win over Barnet was “fully deserved” but admitted Gateshead “needed it” having not previously won at home since Boxing Day.
It looked like being another disappointing afternoon at the International Stadium when Ephron Mason-Clark put Barnet ahead midway through the first half, but Shaquille Coulthirst’s red card on the stroke of half time changed the game, with Greg Olley and Tom White converting for the Heed after the break.
Barrow was named man of the match at Aldershot Town last weekend but was a surprise name on the teamsheet having not trained all week because of an illness.
“I’m over the moon with the win, it’s a massive boost to win at home,” admitted the Welshman.
“We know as a team that we need to start winning games at home, our away record is phenomenal, but we need to start taking these draws at home and turning them into three points.
“First 25 minutes we weren’t at the races. I thought Barnet were very good first half, they kept the ball well. I thought the goal was offside, but we’ll have to have a look back at it.
“I think their player getting sent off changed it all. Second half, we controlled the game, our passing game was a lot better second half, we kept the ball well, didn’t panic and scored two goals we fully deserved.
“It was a good win today, we needed it. The crowd were behind us again, they were fantastic.
“We just keep getting better, we’re not the finished article. We keep getting better and better and long may it continue.
“You can see that we’re defensively strong, when we’ve got the ball we’re so composed, and we’ve got some frightening players going forward.
“We’ve got a tough game (at Solihull) on Tuesday. Our next few games are all teams around us, it’s going to be tough but they’re the type of games you want to get involved in.
“The squad depth shouldn’t affect us, that’s down to us, we’ve got to prepare well. If we don’t look after our bodies and we go sluggish on Tuesday, it’s our own fault.
“We can’t help having a small squad, but the squad we have got have been fantastic and I’m sure they’ll do the right things over the weekend, come in Monday, work hard again on Monday, travel down on Tuesday and give it a right go.”