By Jack McGraghan

Neill Byrne says Gateshead are “full of confidence” heading into Saturday’s game at Maidenhead United.

Fyfield, Byrne (Rob Chambers)
Fyfield, Byrne (Rob Chambers)

The Heed skipper has been at the heart of a defence that has kept three consecutive clean sheets and is looking to add another at York Road this weekend.

“We’ll take confidence from the last three games,” said Byrne.

“I don’t think we’ve been doing too bad on the road, we’ve been drawing a lot but at Leyton Orient everything just seemed to click and Jordan Burrow’s got two goals but listen, the goals will come from all over.

“We need to go into every game as if we’re going to win it, we’ve worked hard all of this week on Maidenhead so we’re going down there full of confidence and looking to take the three points.”

The Irishman has started all but one of Gateshead’s 18 National League fixtures this season, and revealed that defensive shape has been a big part of Steve Watson’s preparations in training.

“Since the gaffer’s come in we’ve done a lot of defensive stuff,” he said.

“I’d say most days we do defensive shape where there’s a lot of rotation, and Clarky (Ben Clark) has been taking us for some sessions as well.

“As a team we’ve been making sure we’ve been going through shape and that we work well as a unit.

“I think we’ve worked hard and it’s not just the defensive units, it’s the whole team to be fair from the top to the bottom.”

Despite sitting 18th in the National League, the Heed are just six points below sixth-placed Dagenham & Redbridge with the table as tight as ever.

Byrne acknowledged the side’s position but stressed that they are just taking things game by game at the moment, saying: “I think if you look at the league everyone can be looking at those play-off spots, all you need is a good run of games.

“All we’re looking to do is concentrate on the next game, not get too far ahead of ourselves and just take each game as it comes.”

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