Gateshead manager Gary Mills proud of team's progress

Gateshead manager Gary Mills

Gateshead boss Gary Mills is pleased with the progress his side have made since he

The Heed drew for the first time since Mills's appointment, with

It broke a run of five consecutive wins in all competitions, four of which have come in Conference Premier.

"It shows how far we've come that we play a team near the top of the table and there's some disappointment that we only drew," Mills told BBC Newcastle.

"But don't get me wrong, I'm really happy with the players. I guess you have this feeling when you get used to winning every week."

The weekend's result against the Hatters means Gateshead have conceded just once in their last six matches, a stark contrast to the first six games of the season.

Then, under previous manager Anth Smith, and subsequent caretaker David Rush, their defence was breached 13 times.

"It's a matter of weeks since we [the coaching team] arrived and the transformation has been superb," Mills added.

"Of course scoring goals is vital but keeping clean sheets is a great habit to get into. It means, whoever you play, you know you're capable of getting a result."

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