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LADIES | Johnson says Heed must be ‘ruthless’ in run-in
Jack McGraghan
Author: Jack McGraghan

8th April 2022

Simon Johnson feels his Gateshead Ladies side must be ruthless for the remaining 10 games of the season.

The Heed exited the Durham FA Women’s League One Cup last weekend via a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Darlington Spraire, with Jess Richardson on the scoresheet twice.

“It was a little bit disappointing in terms of where we are in our own expectations and standards,” said Johnson.

“There are lots of positives and learning points to take forward, and we know what we need to work on to fix things.

“Sometimes you can win games and perhaps not know why you’ve won, so I think the big thing is that we’ve lost a game of football and we know what we have to do. 

“It was a big reminder that on any day teams can cause upsets. We’ve got to be at it and we can’t afford complacency.

“We can’t afford to have an off day because a team could have four or five chances, take all of them and we find ourselves on the back of a defeat.

“We create a lot of chances so it’s about being ruthless and showing resilience when things aren’t going our way. 

“Now we’re out of the cup the focus is all on the league – we’ve got 10 big cup finals to kick on and get to where we want to be.”

Gateshead Ladies currently sit third in Durham FA Women’s League One, 12 points behind leaders Hartlepool Pools Youth having played three fewer games.

The Heed travel to The MAP Group UK Stadium to face bottom side Stockton Town Ladies this Sunday (2pm kick off), but Johnson stressed that his side need to be ‘at the races’ to take three points.

“It’s now about putting a run together, getting the group together and setting our own individual targets.

“We’ve still got to play Darlington Women and Hartlepool and we have games in hand, but there’s little point having games in hand if we don’t win those.

“The next month and a half is going to be tough, there a lot of points to be won for every team in the league. 

“The focus is on ourselves and on Sunday we need to make sure we’re at the races and we pick three points up.”

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