Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dag-Gers Drawn as Heed on a Red Alert; Vanarama National

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Dag-Gers Drawn as Heed on a Red Alert; Vanarama National

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GATESHEAD manager Neil Aspin is predicting another thriller when his side lock horns with Dagenham and Redbridge tomorrow.

The Heed have moved up to seventh in the Vanarama National League, visitors Dagenham second in the standings.

A Sam Jones brace for Gateshead helped put the Daggers to the sword at the start of November with a stunning 5-0 win in Essex.

Mitch Brundle, Danny Johnson and Manny Smith were also on target at Victoria Road - but Dagenham and Redbridge are more potent on the road.

John Still's men have won 11 of their 16 away games, the best record in the league, while Gateshead have been beaten only twice at home in the Conference.

Only third-placed Forest Green Rovers, who the Heed beat 3-1 in their last game at the International Stadium, have lost fewer at home.

Gateshead go into tomorrow's showdown just four points from the play-offs after winning all four games in February, 11 goals scored.

Aspin has a full-strength squad to select from though, after an excellent 3-1 win at York City, the side could be unchanged again.

He said: "February was a good month and exactly what we needed to keep us in the hunt for the playoffs.

"It has given us belief and momentum and created a good atmosphere around the place - but we have to keep winning.

"If we are going to do anything we have to be consistent between now and the rest of the season."

Another win against a top side would further increase optimism levels on the banks of the Tyne.

Aspin added: "There is no reason why we cannot keep the momentum going.

"It was a good day for us at Dagenham but we did not build on it.

"I am expecting a backlash from them. Nobody likes to lose heavily at home and their away form has been good all season.

"They will be fired up and are a team who scores plenty of goals, so they will not come here and sit back, it is not in their nature.

"We need to win the game so we will gamble by getting bodies forward, which may leave us vulnerable at times."

tomorrow. …

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