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Lee Bradbury's Pre Gateshead verdict

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By Henry Deacon (@H_Deaconmedia)

Ahead of tomorrow’s match with Gateshead, Hawks boss Lee Bradbury is relishing the test of Steve Watson’s heed side possess when they make the trip from Newcastle.


“It’d be nice if we can get a win here against a tough side, they’ve had some really good results this season, we need to turn these performances into points and I’m convinced that we’ve played well enough to get those points on the board.


But we need to change that as soon as possible as it’s no good playing well and getting nothing out of the game so most importantly we need to go and chalk some points up.”


8thPlaced Gateshead will prove to be another challenge against one of the higher ranked teams in the league and the Hawks gaffer feels we are better equipped now to get points of the league’s big guns.


“They’re a big strong side, got players like Michael Williamson in there who has played for the likes of Newcastle and Portsmouth in their ranks and have some real leaders inside their team and again are a really strong team.


Steve Watson has done a great job at Gateshead, been there a long time in the league and they’re really pushing to get into the next one (League 2).”


And after 15 games on the board for the Hawks, the gaffer has learnt more in depth about the challenges that this league provides.


“Every game at this level I’ve learnt is really testing, we’re coming up against full-time, professional sides almost and we are playing well but are not getting the results and I think one of two things will happen, one we’ll probably not play well and win or we will give someone a beating.


I said that to the lads a couple of weeks ago that someone’s going to get a ¾-0 over us. I think we’ve performed well but haven’t taken our chances at crucial times and the opposition have taken there’s and that’s where we’ve been found wanting really.”


And as disappointed as the gaffer is to see the Hawks in the bottom four, he is pleased with the morale within the dressing room continuing to be high despite recent disappointments.


“It’s a situation (being in the bottom four) that we don’t to find ourselves being in but the lads have a great mood in the camp at the moment, they’re really together, really pushing on and really focused.”



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