By Jack McGraghan
Richard Peniket couldn’t hide his frustration in the wake of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of AFC Fylde.
Gateshead found themselves two goals behind at half-time and Peniket’s injury-time strike, unfortunately, came too late to spark a comeback.
The forward felt the Heed didn’t put in their best display, saying: “I just didn’t think we quite got going today which was frustrating.
“We’d gained a bit of momentum in the last few weeks so it’s a hard one to take that we’ve lost today, but I think Fylde are a good team.
“They were really organised and obviously they’ve got the lad up front who’s scored a lot of goals so it was always going to be a tough game.”
The hosts tested Jay Lynch on several occasions throughout the game with Ben Fox denied twice by the Fylde keeper, while at the other end James Montgomery made a number of saves to keep Gateshead in the game.
“It could have been a different game,” said Peniket.
“Obviously they got an early goal as well and that’s not what we needed but I thought at times in the first half we dominated the game.
“I think probably it was an even game so just frustrating that they got a two-goal advantage and then it’s a mountain to climb really, so it’s tough to take but we’ve got to take the positives into Tuesday now.”
Peniket has thrived in a striking position recently – his injury-time goal was his third in as many games since returning from injury – and he is happy to have been given an opportunity in his preferred position.
“I’ve had a chance up front and that’s a position I’d like to play,” he said.
“Obviously I’ll play anywhere for the team but that’s where I enjoy it the most and I’m pleased to be on the scoresheet again, but today it’s not much of a consolation because we’ve lost the game.”
Saturday’s defeat was the last time that Gateshead will play at the International Stadium for almost a month providing the FA Trophy quarter-final at Leyton Orient is not taken to a replay, with six consecutive away games next on the agenda for Steve Watson’s side.
The Heed are in action again on Tuesday evening against Guiseley, and Peniket believes the busy schedule could be a positive should the side put a run together.
“We’ve got a lot of players who can come in and freshen things up,” he said.
“We’ve got a big squad so that will definitely help with the number of games coming up.
“If we can get a bit of momentum going again then it’s good to be playing all the time so that’s what we’ve got to look forward to, and if we can play like we did Tuesday night and get a bit more consistency then hopefully we can put a run together.”