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Gateshead defence riles assistant boss Jeff Wrightson


Gateshead assistant boss Jeff Wrightson blamed an inability to defend set pieces as the key factor behind Tuesday's 3-1 home defeat by Mansfield.

The Tynesiders conceded three goals in the last half hour, one of them direct from a corner, another via a free-kick.

Wrightson said: "We've lost the game through two set pieces. We should be dealing with those a lot better now.

"I'm disappointed more than anything because we put ourselves in a good position at half time to win the game."

On-loan Hartlepool forward Michael Mackay gave Gateshead the lead just before the interval, but Ollie Hotchkiss equalised in the second half from a free-kick.

We had four or five corners in the first half, and our delivery was absolutely atrocious.

Jeff Wrightson

Mansfield debutant Andy Burgess then put the visitors ahead with 20 minutes remaining, directly from a corner, adding to Wrightson's frustrations.

"By all accounts, it just flew in, and Craig Baxter on the back post can only head it into the roof of the net", he told BBC Newcastle.

"We had four or five corners in the first half, and our delivery was absolutely atrocious.

"Yet they've put a couple of corners in and caused us problems with some quality on the ball."

Gateshead remain 18th in the Blue Square Premier ahead of Saturday's trip to promotion-chasing AFC Wimbledon.

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