By Jack McGraghan

Gateshead midfielder Paddy McLaughlin was pleased to see his side put together a complete performance in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Eastleigh.

Burrow, McLaughlin (Rob Chambers)
Burrow, McLaughlin (Rob Chambers)

The Heed secured three points at the International Stadium thanks to goals from Danny Johnson and Jordan Burrow as they ended a hectic week of fixtures on a high.

The Northern Irishman, who captained the side on Saturday afternoon, was happy to keep a clean sheet and ultimately win the game comfortably, saying: “The performance was very pleasing.

“Tranmere on Tuesday night we were very good for 45 minutes and not the best second 45 and we played well in spells at Halifax, but I thought we were good from start to finish today and a couple of goals and a clean sheet is a good Saturday all around.

“Jordan Preston had a couple of chances and Danny [Johnson] had a couple, I’ve had a shot myself that wasn’t far wide so it could have been more than two.

“They had a couple of half chances themselves but on the whole, I think we fully deserved the three points as well.”

McLaughlin has been ever-present for Gateshead in the last seven days – playing every minute of each of the four games played in that time.

“It’s been sound,” he said.

“Me and Jordan [Burrow] were just talking about it there, we’ve both played four sets of 90 minutes and we thrive on it.

“You want to play all the minutes you can, I certainly do, you want to play every week in every game so yeah I’m perfectly happy to do that.”

Saturday’s win allows the Heed to put their midweek results behind them and look ahead – with only a two-day rest between their next fixture away to Aldershot Town on Tuesday.

“It works both ways,” said McLaughlin.

“When you have a bad result it’s nice to have another game coming around quickly to get it out of your system and when you’re winning it’s nice to keep it going.

“There are four games left now and they come thick and fast so we’ll be looking to finish the season as strongly as possible and finish as high we can.”

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