Kayode relishing physical challenge in Heed loan spell

Kayode relishing physical challenge in Heed loan spell

By Jack McGraghan
8th August
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Gateshead forward Joshua Kayode revealed he is relishing the physical challenge in the National League North following Wednesday’s draw at Darlington.


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The Rotherham United loanee made his first start at Blackwell Meadows in a lone striking role and turned in an impressive performance, drawing fouls constantly as he harried the Quakers’ defence all evening.

The 19-year-old, who was awarded Man of the Match in the 1-1 draw, admitted the Heed could have taken more from the game.

“It’s a disappointing result because we should have got more out of the game,” he told gateshead-fc.com.

“We had some good chances that we just didn’t take, overall I think everyone on our team worked hard.

“We pressed the life out of them and we didn’t stop working until the end which shows how good our team spirit is.”

Kayode made his second appearance in a Gateshead shirt having been introduced as a substitute against Southport on the opening day, and revealed that he is relishing coming up against physical defences.

“It’s what I’ve come here for,” he added.

“I’ve come here for that physical test because that’s something that I think I need to work on, I feel like I need to get a defender in my back, pushing and shoving.

“With the midfielders always coming up and trying to help me link the play I think that’s helped me as well, because I’m not just up there on my own.

“I thought I quite well, all the lads backed me until the very end of the game and were always encouraging me.

It’s now a quick turnaround until Gateshead’s next away fixture against AFC Telford United on Saturday afternoon, and Kayode feels that his side need to get three points sooner rather than later.

“We will need a win, desperate is probably what you would say as we want to win, we have to win,” he said.

“We should have won at Darlington and obviously I’m looking to get off the mark myself so Saturday would be a good chance for that to happen.”

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