Gateshead assistant Ian Watson says state of Boston United's pitch forced his side to rethink tactics

United's unbeaten run was ended at York Street...

York Street last night.
York Street last night.

Gateshead assistant manager Ian Watson says his team's game plan paid off as they left Boston with a 3-0 victory last night.

Nicky Deverdics, Dominic Tear and Jordan Preston were on target as the Heed ended the Pilgrims' eight-game unbeaten run.

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“It was a really good away performance against a really good side on a very difficult pitch," Watson told

“We defended brilliantly, caught them on the counter a few times and created a few chances, so all in all it was a very good night for us.

“It wasn’t the type of pitch where we could play out from the back and we didn’t want Brad (James, keeper) having too many touches on the ball.

“We did mention the state of the pitch before the game and thought we might have to be a bit more direct at times, but in a structured way, not just kicking it anywhere.

“We wanted to play in behind their back three, which we did, and we got in a few times there so the game plan paid off really."