Gateshead clean sheet pleases manager Gary Mills

Gary Mills
Mills has led Gateshead to second place following last season's 2013-14 play-off final defeat

Gateshead manager Gary Mills was delighted to pick up a clean sheet in the 2-0 win against Alfreton, only their fourth in 15 Conference games.

The Tynesiders are second in the table with eight wins, five draws and just two defeats - the lowest tally of losses in the division.

However, 18 goals conceded is the joint highest in the top half of the league.

"We've conceded some horrendous sloppy goals, we would have more points but for them," Mills told BBC Newcastle.

"Our downside has been not keeping clean sheets, hopefully that's the start of it."

Conversely, only leaders Barnet with 33 have scored more goals than Mills' side's figure of 27.

Strikers Jon Shaw and Danny Wright have been crucial to that run with six and five goals apiece, both of whom arrived at the International Stadium this term.

"It's lovely," added Mills. "My job in the summer was to address the goalscoring and we still keep plugging away.

"When you've got strikers like we've got and players who can stick the ball in the net we've always got a chance."

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