By Rory Drake

Centre-back Tom Devitt thought Gateshead “controlled large parts of the game” against AFC Fylde on Tuesday night and was ‘frustrated not to capitalise on Eastleigh’s defeat’.

Salkeld, Devitt v Ebbsfleet (Charlie Waugh)
Salkeld, Devitt v Ebbsfleet (Charlie Waugh)

Neither team created much to really test the opposition keeper, with Nick Haughton’s 25-yard strike just after the half hour mark proving decisive.

Gateshead are now four games without a win, but Devitt is refusing to give up just yet.

“We’re frustrated more than anything because we know it’s just fine lines,” he said.

“We played well tonight, and we know we have. We know that we controlled large parts of the game and it’s just frustrating, seeing Eastleigh got beat, that we couldn’t capitalise on that and get closer to the play-offs.

“We’re not playing badly, we know that it’s just that final pass or that tiny little bit that we need that will get us that result, get us that win, and that’s what makes it more frustrating.

“We know we’ve been playing well the last couple of games. We haven’t won, but the only issue is we haven’t really tested the keeper, other than that, we’ve limited them to barely anything and we know on another day we could have got a result there.”

Ben Clark made one change to the side that drew with Eastleigh on Saturday, with Mike Williamson returning to the side after a three-game suspension.

Devitt continued: “Mike [Williamson] is massive. Absolutely massive, everyone can see that. His experience, his communication and his all-round play is massive for the football club.

“We know that he’s been a big miss the last three games. He slotted in today nicely, and as I said, we limited them to basically nothing.

“We’re confident heading to Eastleigh. We know with the squad that we have in there that we’re good enough to win any game we go into; it’s just about doing it.

“We’ve had a little blip but there’s no reason we can’t go down to Eastleigh and get a result, and then win the rest of our games and get right back in there.

“We’re not out of it until we’re mathematically out of it, we know that, and our mentality isn’t going to change. We want to win every game we go into and we’ll be looking to do that come Saturday.”

The Heed’s push for a play-off spot looks a tough ask, with trips to Eastleigh and Harrogate, who both currently occupy play-off spots, and home games against a Chesterfield side revitalised under John Sheridan, and Barrow, who sit just one place below Gateshead in the table.

The 22-year-old added: “In this league there’s not an easy game, there never is an easy game.

“We saw that the other week away at Braintree, who have gone down.

“The positive thing for us is that if we beat the teams around us, we’ve got a much stronger chance of getting up there.

“At the end of the day, it’s down to us and if we win those games, we put ourselves in with a good chance.”