Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Festive Period Will Be Crucial for Heed

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Festive Period Will Be Crucial for Heed

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Byline: Mark Douglas ? (0191) 201-6281 ?

IAN Bogie believes Gateshead's season is heading towards a make-orbreak period this Christmas. The Tynesiders' excellent run of form was brought to a halt on Saturday as their re-arranged game against league leaders Newport County ended in a disappointing defeat for the visitors.

The 3-1 reverse was a let-down for Bogie, but it was the flat performance which left him particularly frustrated, his promotion-chasing outfit effectively out of the game by the hour mark.

The Gateshead boss is calling for immediate improvement tonight when high-flying Grimsby visit the International Stadium in a match which kick-starts a potential pivotal run of festive fixtures.

Bogie said: "The biggest disappointment for me at the weekend was the performance.

"We are a good team and have shown that over the course of the season but we had too many players on Saturday who didn't turn up.

"We probably only had two or three players who turned up at Newport and we will be looking for them to respond against Grimsby.

"From that perspective, the weekend result is history and we have to look forward to Grimsby now instead."

Bogie is hopeful the game will go ahead despite the heavy rain and subsequent ice which forced a venue shift on Saturday.

The club's groundstaff have been hard at work and, while they were braced for another blast of Arctic weather overnight, they hope to get the match on.

With Gateshead's home form so good this year, Bogie is seeing it as the catalyst for a push on the Conference promotion places.

He said: "It is a very important period for our season.

"The Christmas period is going to be crucial.

"We have back-to-back games over that period and if we get a bit of a run going we can make our presence felt at the top of the table.

"By the same token, the league is so tight there is virtually nothing separating us from the bottom five and if we don't pick up results then we will be looking over our shoulders. …

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