JJ disappointed not to pick up three points following Darlington draw

JJ disappointed not to pick up three points following Darlington draw

By Jack McGraghan
8 August
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By Josh Youll | Goalscorer JJ O’Donnell felt disappointed not have come away with three points following Wednesday’s derby draw at Darlington.


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After 21 minutes, the Heed gained the advantage through O’Donnell only for former Gateshead defender Michael Liddle’s late strike to ensure the points were shared.

O’Donnell was frustrated that the Heed couldn’t bring three points back to Tyneside, telling gateshead-fc.com: “It’s another game unbeaten but we’re just a bit disappointed that we couldn’t see the game out.

“We played very well in the first half and we think we deserved to go into half time ahead but it’s a shame we couldn’t get the three points.

“You’ve got to take the positives though, it’s another game unbeaten for us which is the main thing, although we should probably have six points instead of two.”

O’Donnell’s first-half strike was his first league goal since May 2014 and he admits that finding the back of the net more this season is one of his targets.

“I’m delighted [to score],” he added.

“I’ve set myself a target this year to get more goals and contribute more, it’s something I need to do if I’m playing higher up the pitch.

“It was pleasing to score, it had taken a little deflection but as soon as I hit it, I knew it was in!

“I probably should have gotten another in the second half but I’m not used to being in those sorts of positions so it’s something I’ll learn from.”

O’Donnell arrived to Gateshead from Luton Town initially on loan in 2014 and has carried a special relationship with Heed fans since, and praised the 301-strong away crowd at Blackwell Meadows.

“It’s brilliant, the support we get every week and it means a lot to the lads.

“It’s a positive of being in a league like this, having lots of local matches where lots of fans come and get behind us.

“We’ll go to Telford on Saturday and it will be very challenging for the boys. They’ve got a nice setup and have been doing well recently but the lads will be ready for it.”

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