Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tynesiders' Impressive Resurgence under Mills Continues

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tynesiders' Impressive Resurgence under Mills Continues

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GATESHEAD..........................2 ALFRETON TOWN................ 0 GATESHEAD'S resurgence under new manager Gary Mills shows no sign of slowing, writes JAMES HUNTER.

Victory over Alfreton Town at the weekend made it five wins in their last six games for the Tynesiders and six wins in nine outings since Mills took charge.

Colin Larkin made the breakthrough against the Reds at the International Stadium and, when Town skipper John McGrath was sent off for a second bookable offence 20 minutes from time, substitute Jordan Hugill took full advantage to score two goals and seal victory.

It was no more than Gateshead deserved after dominating against a depleted Alfreton side - who travelled north with only 13 players - although the game remained deadlocked for an hour.

Mills took over with Gateshead sixth-bottom of the Skrill Premier, but their recent run of form has seen them climb to 11th in the table.

He said: "The table makes a bit better reading now. I'm pleased for everybody because it has been a tough start to the season for this club and all it took was a few games to turn things around.

"Confidence is high, we're keeping clean sheets and we're scoring goals - the perfect combination in football! It took us a while to get going - the tempo was slow in the first half - but it was a lot better in the second and we deserved to win.

"They possibly could have had a penalty at 0-0 and I was happy to see the referee say 'no'. Little things like that can sometimes change the game, because a few minutes later we went up the other end and scored."

Alfreton boss Nicky Law was aggrieved at seeing the penalty appeal waved away in the 59th minute when John Akinde went down in the area under a challenge from Ben Clark, but referee Simon Bennett was on the scene and felt the striker went to ground too easily. …

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