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Gateshead: A Mad Game

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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 2 Jan 2014
Posted in First Team

Dan Gardner played a huge part in the 3-3 draw with Gateshead yesterday being the provider for Lee Gregory’s first of the afternoon, the point in which has pushed The Shaymen into the promotion places.

Gardner walked out on the Shay pitch yesterday after scoring in the 5-1 rout over Lincoln City in the last home game, and the confidence oozed out of the 23 year old midfielder.

In a game of two halves and a six goal thriller, Dan Gardner created the first goal of the afternoon and Gregory’s 15th goal of the season, with an inch perfect pass into the feet of the in demand striker.

Speaking to Shaymen Player, Gardner described the game as: “It was a little bit of a mad game to be honest, going in at half time 2-0 up, we fancied ourselves, we had some chances and so did they, 3-3 is a fair result.”

“At 3-1 we had that two goal lead again, but unfortunately they came back at us.”

Lee Gregory boasts one of the best goal scoring records in the league after increasing his goal tally to 16 goals of the season, and Gardner believes he’s the best striker in the Skrill Premier: “He’s a massive player, he gives everyone a boost when he plays. He’s good to have in your team, he’s easily the best striker in the league, I’m glad we’ve got him.”

With the game at 3-3, Town had the chance to take all three points but the ball was cleared off the line and Gateshead attacked on the counter attack and then hit the post, Gardner said: “It was end to end stuff, we’d loved to get the win but we’ll take a point.”

Poor weather conditions made the pitch difficult to play on, and with Town’s clash with Gateshead being the fourth game given the go ahead in the Skrill Premier today, Gardner feels they couldn’t blame the pitch for the result: “It was difficult but it was playable.”

With four games since Boxing Day, Town have had two wins and two draws which has propelled The Shaymen into fifth place in the league on 42 points, and Gardner felt the team had worked hard over the Christmas period which caused fatigue in today’s enthralling draw: “You could tell a lot of the lads we’re tired at the end, we’ve worked hard over the Christmas period with two wins and two draws, we would of taken that before.”

Town now roll onto Saturday’s away clash with Tamworth in search of three wins in six games with a view to pulling clear of Kidderminster in sixth place and Gardner feels the team should carry on this good run of form on Saturday: “We’ve just got to prepare and go again and hopefully get another win, another away win under our belts.”

Watch the full exclusive interview on Shaymen Player.

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