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LADIES | Heed ‘one step closer’ to targets, says Johnson
Daniel Wales
Author: Daniel Wales

28th February 2022

Gateshead Ladies manager Simon Johnson says his side are one step closer to where they want to be following Sunday’s 7-1 win over Gateshead Leam Rangers Ladies.

The Heed fell behind after just four minutes but responded emphatically with four first half goals setting the tone, before a second half trio secured a convincing three points on home soil.

“Overall, after the first three minutes I think we pretty much controlled the game from then on,” said Johnson.

“In terms of chances created, we created loads. It’s a great result, but equally it’s three points in another game and hopefully a step closer to where we want to be.

“It just tells you about the strength in depth and the quality that we’ve got, the players that have started have scored and people are scoring two, three and all that.

“The big thing now is that previously we were creating a lot of chances and not taking them, but today we’ve taken seven chances.

“From a selfish point of view we want to be scoring more goals and creating more chances, but we’re happy now because we’ve started to see the fruition of what we’re working on.”

Johnson’s side were hit with an early setback having gone a goal down in the game’s opening exchanges, but he said his focus is on his players’ faultless reaction.

“I spoke to the girls before the game and said it’s about our mentality,” he continued.

“It’s not about how many times you get knocked down, it’s about how you react, it’s what we can control and I think the reaction was there.

“That mentality is something we’ve improved on so when things haven’t gone our way, whether it’s decisions or making mistakes, it’s how we react as an individual and as a group.

“It was a squad performance and it will take that to get to where we want to be.”

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