Owen Bailey was frustrated but proud following Friday’s Emirates FA Cup exit.
Gateshead were unable to break through the Charlton Athletic backline on Friday night, with Jayden Stockley’s brace proving the difference on Tyneside.
Bailey, who played 86 minutes of the second round tie, felt The Heed’s effort lacked the rewards against the League One outfit.
“It’s disappointing, but there’s a lot of pride in the dressing room,” Bailey stated.
“We took a League One team all the way and never had a spell where we were massively out of the game.
“They scored in the first half and we had a lot of chances – we were unlucky to go in 1-0 down.
“They got another early on in the second half and that gave us a mountain to climb, yet we kept pushing them.
“I can’t remember Jacob [Chapman] having to make a save – he dealt with a few crosses, but they only really had a few shots.
“On another day, we could’ve scored three or four, but it was just one of those nights.
“When we hit the bar at the end then it was cleared off the line, it just didn’t want to go in.”
The ex-Newcastle United youngster also hailed the immense support at a packed Gateshead International Stadium.
“The fans were excellent, they didn’t stop singing,” he added.
“The occasion was great, and it’s something all the lads can take forward for the rest of the season.
“Hopefully it’s a platform we can build off and we can have a really positive season in the league.”
Mike Williamson’s men go from one challenge to another, as Gateshead host York City on Tuesday night in the National League North (7:45pm kick off).
“We’re now focusing on that one,” the midfielder expressed.
“We know what quality York have got – it’s going to be another massive test but one we’re looking forward to.
“I know a few of their lads who I haven’t seen in a while, so it’ll be good to face them.
“They’ve obviously changed their manager, but we’re just focusing on us to be honest.
“We know if we stick to our principles, we can give most teams a test like we gave Charlton.”