Williamson frustrated with Darlington derby draw

Williamson frustrated with Darlington derby draw

By Jack McGraghan
8th August
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Gateshead player-manager Mike Williamson cut a frustrated figure following Wednesday evening’s 1-1 derby draw at Darlington.


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The Heed put in a strong first-half performance and went ahead through JJ O’Donnell’s first league goal in five years, but former Gateshead defender Michael Liddle drew the Quakers level with just over 10 minutes remaining to ensure the spoils were shared.

The gaffer admitted that the general feeling in the dressing room was one of frustration after the final whistle, telling gateshead-fc.com: “At the minute, very frustrated is the response.

“I thought in the first half we pressed really well and stopped a good team from playing. We got into some good areas but we just lacked that bit of quality and decision making, which will come.

“The performance wasn’t a bad one, but the result was, so we’re very frustrated on the whole but it’s time to just reflect, analyse and recover."

The Heed had a golden opportunity to take a 2-0 lead on the hour mark as O’Donnell found himself clean through after forcing a defensive mistake, but couldn’t get the connection he desired with Chris Elliott rushing out of goal.

Williamson remains unconcerned for the moment however, with his side’s progression still at the forefront of his priorities.

“That’s football, you get punished and they’re a good team with good players,” he added.

“I felt we limited their chances but they took one, so I feel like it was a lapse in concentration on our behalves.

“We’ll just keep working, it’s another point on the board for a new group and we’re still getting better every day. The pressure is there to get better but the three points will come.

“There were some positives, Joshua [Kayode] I thought was very good and JJ [O’Donnell] got his first goal so there are a lot of positives to take, and I think if we keep getting better then it won’t be long.”

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