Mike Williamson could not hide his pride after Gateshead put in an impressive performance in the south coast sun to claim a 6-0 win at Eastleigh.
Two goals from Marcus Dinanga and one apiece from Jordan Hunter, Stephen Wearne, Billy Chadwick and captain Greg Olley helped the Heed make it three games unbeaten and move into the National League play-off places.
Williamson insisted Eastleigh was ‘not an easy place to come’ and praised his players for the attitude they showed throughout a stunning performance against the Spitfires.
He said: “The boys were phenomenal and the biggest challenge was the heat because we had to deal with that by being clever with our play.
“They deserve a lot of credit but now it’s all about recovery because we have Saturday and Tuesday coming up so we will continue looking at how to improve.
“Until we scored the first, it felt like it could have been one of those days but we had the mindset to keep pushing and avoid getting sloppy and show that patience.
“It’s not an easy place to come, we faced a good side that are going through a difficult spell but we still had to come and do a job.”
Williamson also heaped praise on the band of travelling support that made the 650-mile round trip to the south coast.
There 64 members of the Heed Army in a crowd of 1,926 at the Silverlake Stadium and they got their rewards for their unbelievable support as Williamson’s side put on a remarkable display to claim three points on the road for the second time this season.
“They were fantastic and you could hear them supporting the boys,” explained the Heed boss.
“It obviously helps when you put a performance in like that. It’s a mutual relationship because you have to give them something to shout about and the boys did that for them.”