By Jack McGraghan

Gateshead goalkeeper Aynsley Pears was keen to concentrate on a clean sheet and a point gained following Saturday’s stalemate against Havant & Waterlooville at the International Stadium. 

Pears v Havant (Charlie Waugh)
Pears v Havant (Charlie Waugh)

The Heed saw opportunities from front two Connor Thomson and Steve Rigg go begging while at the other end Pears put in a Man of the Match display, making two crucial saves either side of half-time to keep the game level.

“I thought we were solid, we defended well and we played some good stuff,” said the Middlesbrough loanee.

“It was actually one of the better games we’ve played at home, we passed it well but we just couldn’t finish it off.

“We didn’t really have any clear-cut chances but there were a lot of half-chances so on another day we could have nicked the game 1-0 but it just wasn’t to be, it was a good point in the end and a good solid clean sheet.”

The draw sees Gateshead sitting eighth in the National League table and one point outside the play-off places, while stretching their unbeaten run under Ben Clark to four games.

Pears was full of praise for the former Heed captain, adding: “I think we’ve done really well since the gaffer has taken over.

“We just need to try and be bit more clinical and score more goals but defensively we’ve been really good.

“I think Clarky obviously being a defender has come in and our shape has been really good, we’ve worked a lot on that with him and Mike [Williamson].

“We want to push on now really because we’re good enough, we can create chances and play good stuff so hopefully we can kick on and get in the play-offs and hopefully stay there.”