By Dominic Scurr
SKIPPER Scott Barrow was frustrated that a positive display at Leyton Orient on Saturday afternoon was not rewarded with any points as the side suffered a 2-0 defeat.
Second half strikes from in-form forwards Josh Koroma and Macauley Bonne condemned the Heed to their third defeat in five National League matches as they finished the game with 10-men following Greg Olley’s late dismissal.
Despite the result, the Tynesiders still remain 7th in the table and Barrow felt there were plenty of positives to take from the performance away to the league leaders.
“I thought we were very good in the first half,” said the Gateshead captain.
“We just didn’t put away our chances but we frustrated a Leyton Orient side who are flying at the top of the league.
“I thought we were the better team but in the second half, it was just a bit of magic from Josh Koroma, who’s a very good player, to cut inside and put it in the top bin.
“But we were on the front foot after that and it was disappointing to concede a second right at the end there.
“I don’t want to say it was a mistake but I was pushed in the back. Unfortunately, the referee didn’t give anything but it’s one of those things. I don’t think it was a 2-0 game at all because we totally matched them all game.
“It’s just the fine margins, if we were more clinical in the final third then it would have been a different game.
“We created more chances and probably had better chances too but it’s about putting them away. We didn’t really work Dean Brill at all but at the other end Koroma’s hit the crossbar in the first half and then buried one after the break and to be honest, that’s the only two big chances they created before their second late on.
Wing-back Barrow found himself in plenty of space down the left flank on numerous occasions during the match and was frustrated not to have scored his first goal of the season.
“Yeah, I was disappointed not to get on the scoresheet,” Barrow admitted.
“Especially in the first half when I was through, I took a touch, my right foot touched the ball and I just miscued it but it was great to be getting in those areas again.
“I’ve been working hard in training to get into those attacking areas and it’s coming along. I had a few chances in the second half as well – obviously after three months out in the summer I’ve had to put a lot of work in to get back to the level I was at last season but I’m getting there and hopefully one will fly in for me soon.
“My Dad always tells me December is the month I start scoring so to get a few shots away today is a good start but hopefully sooner or later some of those strikes from distance with my wand of a left foot will start flying in!
“But we can’t be too disappointed today, we’re all pretty pleased with our performance away at a side who are top of the table. we’re still in the play-off places we just need to be taking our chances but we can take a lot of positives from our performance.
“We’ve just got to look forward to next week at home to Bromley and get back to winning ways.”