By Josh Roberts
Gateshead go into this weekend’s fixture on the back of some good recent, unbeaten in their last four matches they will be looking to win their fourth game in the last five after a poor run of just one win in seven previously.
Likewise Tranmere will be looking to continue their good league form and will be hoping the humbling defeat to Peterborough in midweek won’t derail their promotion chase.
It is expected that Gateshead will have a fully fit squad to choose from for this match with no injury concerns for the North East side.
Tranmere, on the other hand, head to the North East low on personnel due to injuries and suspensions, especially in centre midfield.
Jay Harris and Connor Jennings are suspended after picking up a red card and five yellow cards this season respectfully against Peterborough.
Ollie Norburn limped off in midweek and is a doubt for the trip leaving Micky Mellon will no out-and-out centre midfielders.
Elliott Rocka was due to be loaned out to Warrington Town but was cancelled due to the lack of bodies and is expected to make his debut for the club at the weekend.
Evan Gumbs has been recalled from his loan spell at Warrington and will be looking to make the bench against Gateshead as cover for the back four.
View from the Dugout
Gateshead FC Manager Steve Watson: “[They have] some very good footballers at this level and Wednesday night’s performance will have hurt them and they will want to come out fighting.
“There’s nothing more dangerous than a wounded animal after a games and that will have hurt Tranmere so we’re in for a tough match and perhaps even tougher because of their defeat midweek.”
Tranmere Rovers Manager Micky Mellon: “We will try and take the lessons from the [Peterborough] game in order to try and improve.
“It will be a good game, I’m looking forward to it after having a game like we’ve just had. We know that we can go up there and cause them problems and I’m sure that we can do that.”
Gateshead FC vs Tranmere Rovers: Last Time Out
These sides last met at the Gateshead International Stadium a little under 12 months ago in what was a relatively uneventful match.
Tranmere came away from the North East with all three points after a solitary Ben Tollitt goal in the third minute was enough for the win.
It was a little bit of revenge for the Super Whites after Gateshead visited Prenton Park the month previously and stole the three points thanks to a 1 – 0 win.
Full Time: Gateshead FC 0 – 1 Tranmere Rovers
Josh Roberts: 2 – 0
Gateshead recent resurgence in form has come with four clean sheets in the last four matches meaning they have the ability to nullify Tranmere’s attack. The lack of centre midfield options will problematic for Micky Mellon’s side and there will be an unbalance to the team I can see Gateshead capitalising on to win the match.
Joel Lampkin: 0 – 1
Shaking off FA Cup humiliation won’t be easy but the league was always the most important. After clawing themselves back into within touching distance of the playoff spot, the Super Whites cannot afford too many slip ups from here on out.
Pete Tscherewik: 1 – 1
Micky Mellon will be hoping that his side can bounce back following their 5 – 0 midweek defeat. The Tynesiders will be a tough test for Rovers, especially with the ongoing injury crisis. Ultimately I don’t think there will be much to separate the two sides and it will be a draw.
George Williamson: 0 – 3
Rovers will bounce back strong after Wednesday’s FA shocker. Mellon will be looking to make changes despite the injury crisis and they’ll respond in a big way.