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Ten-man Gateshead's play-off challenge continues to stutter as they had to rely on a late Liam Hatch goal to earn a point against Forest Green Rovers.

The hosts, who have now not won in five games, had striker Marcus Maddison sent off for serious foul play following a tackle on Dale Bennett on 22 minutes.

They fell behind when veteran forward Lee Hughes scored from the penalty spot after John Oster felled James Norwood.

But Hatch drilled home from 12 yards with a minute left to salvage a draw.

Gateshead are two points off the Conference play-off places, while in 15th spot in the table.

Gateshead manager Gary Mills told BBC Newcastle:

"The players responded magnificently to Tuesday's defeat and I thought we were better side with 10 men.

"We also had a player sent off last Saturday and we go to a certain shape when we go down to 10 men, which requites discipline and desire.

"I am disappointed with the sending off because I thought their centre-half went in two-footed and I am also disappointed with the penalty, which I thought was very soft.

"Sometimes decisions go against you but my players kept going and got the point they thoroughly deserved."

Forest Green Rovers manager Adrian Pennock told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"Before the game we would have taken a point, but I'm obviously now disappointed that we conceded late on.

"I think we were okay all game but we were a little bitty. We've come here and played against a good team and got a point.

"I worked with Liam Hatch at Gravesend. I should have kicked him in the tunnel beforehand shouldn't I?"

Line-ups

Gateshead

  • 1Bartlett
  • 6Clark
  • 2Magnay
  • 5Curtis
  • 16Baxter
  • 8TurnbullSubstituted forHatchat 79'minutes
  • 17WalkerSubstituted forLesterat 79'minutes
  • 25MaddisonBooked at 22mins
  • 29Oster
  • 18MarwoodBooked at 88mins
  • 14BrownSubstituted forO'Donnellat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Chandler
  • 27Holt
  • 9Hatch
  • 19Lester
  • 38O'Donnell

Forest Green

  • 1Russell
  • 2Hodgkiss
  • 12Asafu-Adjaye
  • 6BennettBooked at 31minsSubstituted forRacineat 66'minutes
  • 15OshodiBooked at 28mins
  • 23Barry
  • 4BanguraBooked at 86mins
  • 24KellySubstituted forGreenat 90+1'minutes
  • 8KlukowskiSubstituted forVieiraat 57'minutes
  • 7Norwood
  • 29Hughes

Substitutes

  • 10Vieira
  • 9Wright
  • 16Racine
  • 21White
  • 22Green
Referee:
Richard Wigglesworth
Attendance:
649

Match Stats

Home TeamGatesheadAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home8
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home12
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Gateshead 1, Forest Green Rovers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Gateshead 1, Forest Green Rovers 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Magno Vieira (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. JJ O'Donnell (Gateshead) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  5. Post update

    Foul by James Norwood (Forest Green Rovers).

  6. Post update

    Ben Clark (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Paul Green replaces Marcus Kelly.

  8. Post update

    Hand ball by Liam Hatch (Gateshead).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Kelly (Forest Green Rovers).

  10. Post update

    Craig Baxter (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Gateshead 1, Forest Green Rovers 1. Liam Hatch (Gateshead) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Marwood with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Magno Vieira (Forest Green Rovers).

  13. Post update

    James Curtis (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

  14. Booking

    James Marwood (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

  15. Post update

    Foul by James Marwood (Gateshead).

  16. Post update

    Aarran Racine (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Lee Hughes tries a through ball, but Lee Hughes is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Hatch (Gateshead) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Marwood with a cross.

  19. Booking

    Al Bangura (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Al Bangura (Forest Green Rovers).

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