Saturday, September 29, 2007

Gateshead 1 Vauxhall Motors 3

The Magic of the FA Cup could not have been saved by Harry Potter this afternoon at the International Stadium.

Gateshead had an even share of the play in the first half, the Heed looked as though they were about to step it. Unfortunately Peter Keen came running to the edge of his box to deal with the on coming Vauxhall forward. He stopped the ball, yet had just stepped outside the 18 yard box.
The ref followed the letter of the law and Keen saw red.
No doubt keen would have done the same every time, just unlucky his momentum carried him out the box.(Keen Pictured leaving the field of play).

Richard Flynn was the man to take the goal keepers Jersey and stand between the sticks, as Gateshead did not have another keeper on the substitute bench. A major risk to take in a cup game, after all there was two more substitute spaces with it being a cup game.
Flynn did well but let in 3 goals a normal goal keeper would have saved, was brave of him to take the gloves and give his all.

David Southern riffled in a free kick to make it 2-1 mid way in the second half, but the damage of being a man down always left Gateshead week at the back when moving forward.

The 21 game unbeaten run come to and end in all competitions, but we are still unbeaten in the UniBond since March.

Q:Does this Gateshead Side have what it takes to bounce back?

A:The Heed Army Blog thinks so, hopefully the injured players like Steve Bowey and SteveSalvin will be back to add much needed stability in the Heed midfield and defence.

Line Up and Ratings:

Keen 5
Never Tested till the sending off incident

Gates 6

Cave 7
Never gave up

Flynn 8
Had the balls to go in goal

Curtis 7
200th game for the Heed, Well done James.

Phillips 6
Could have done better with a lot of passes, shot when he should pass and vise verse
Jury Still out.

Southern 7
Good goal, Couldnt get in to flow with so many tactical changes.

Hughes 7
Solid game with some grit behind it.

McClen 8
Cream of the crop, shined like a bald mans head ina disco
The Heed Army Blog Man of the Match.

Robson 6
Lots of pace and drive

Armstrong 6
Found it hard going


Thompson 7
Won a few free kicks

Talbot 7
Made life hard for Vauxhall when he came on

Hutchinson 6
Didnt have much impact.

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