Agnew: We came through a game of contrasting halves

Agnew: We came through a game of contrasting halves

By Jack McGraghan
24 July
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Liam Agnew felt Gateshead pulled through a game of contrasting halves in Tuesday evening’s 1-0 win over Harrogate Town.

(Photo: Emilio Andres Leal Kirtley)

Paul Blackett’s 24th minute penalty ensured the Heed kept their first clean-sheet of pre-season with their second consecutive win, although the visitors had opportunities to equalise after the break.

Agnew felt his side made their mark with an impressive first-half performance, telling “I thought we started brilliantly in the first half.

“We played our style of football, pressed high and I thought we were the better side by far.

“It was a bit more difficult in the second half, I thought we played more into their hands but to come through with the clean sheet shows we can do the other side of the game as well.

“Clean sheets are massive, at the end of the day if you’re keeping clean sheets you’ll always pick up points.

“We’ll continue to work hard as a team, and we always feel we’ve got a chance in any game because I always feel we’ll score.”

The midfielder was one of two Gateshead players in the starting 11 lining up against their parent club, with himself and Toby Lees both on season-long loans from Harrogate Town.

Agnew didn’t see the game any differently however, adding: “I just took it as any other game to be fair.

“You just go out and try your best while trying to put your style of play into the game, and I felt tonight was one of the better ones.

“It’s a positive result because the success Harrogate have had over the last two years is massive, so to put in a good performance against them shows where we’re at and hopefully we’ll be positive going into the season.”

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