Howells delighted with Tynesiders point

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Hatters winger Jake Howells felt it was most definitely a point gained at Gateshead on Saturday, writes Mike Simmonds.

In truly awful conditions, Town battled to a goalless draw against the division’s in-form team, extending their own unbeaten run to 10 games in the process.

Howells, who made his 250th appearance, said: “We know we’re on a good run, we’re unbeaten and to get a point up here, we’re doing well.

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“Especially when they’re at home and they’re playing well. They’ve picked up some good results recently, we’ve come here and picked up a good point.

“It wasn’t easy out there, everyone knows they’re a good side, they passed the ball well first half, but we stayed as a team.

“Everyone worked hard on the pitch and I thought we deserved the point. To get a point here, I think everyone’s happy with that.”

On the appalling weather that faced them, Howells said: “It’s the same for both teams and everyone has to adapt to it, but it’s football.”

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Howells also praised Town’s defence for keeping yet another clean sheet, their 10th in 18 games, but first in the league since September’s stalemate at Hereford.

He continued: “Getting a clean sheet away at Gateshead is a task on its own and it started from the front.

“Benno (Paul Benson) worked so hard to help us keep a clean sheet and the back four and goalie.

“They did very well to keep them out so everyone deserves it.”

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Town could have stolen the points late on, but Luke Guttridge scuffed wide as the ball held up on the already sodden surface.

Howells added: “He’s scored a good few goals this season, it didn’t go for him, but I’m sure it will next Saturday.”

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