Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Long-Term Thinking before a Long Trip; VANARAMA PREMIER

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Long-Term Thinking before a Long Trip; VANARAMA PREMIER

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Byline: Jeff Bowron ec.sport@ncjmedia.co.uk

MATTY MA PATT PA ISON believes ISON believes Gateshead can go one betterand Gateshead can go one betterand achieve promotion this season as achieve promotion this season as the Tynesiders make the mamynesiders make the mamT -moth trip to Torquay today - one orquay today - one T of the longest trips in English football.

Both sides harbour pro Both sides harbour promotion ambitions, with motion ambitions, with Gateshead. a fixture in Gateshead. a fixture in the top-five since they the top-five since they beat the Gulls 3-1 on beat the Gulls 3-1 on the opening day of the opening day of the campaign. the campaign.

Despite five Despite five places separat places separating the two ing the two sides, Torquay T will go above the Heed on goal difference if they ence if they gain revenge in gain revenge in Devon, such is Devon, such is the tight nature of the tight nature of the Vanarama Con the Vanarama Conference.

Former Newcastle former Newcastle United and Norwich City United and Norwich City schemer Pattison joined schemer Pattison joined Gateshead at the beginning of October following his return from his native South Africa.

It took time for the 28-year-old to regain his fitness, but he is now part of what is regarded as the best footballing midfield trio in the division.

Pattison, who has played in the Premier League and Championship, playing more than 50 games for Norwich, is alongside Wales international John Oster in the Heed engine room.

Long-serving playmaker Phil Turnbull completes the triumvi T -rate and it is likely to be the same trio who drive Gateshead in tomorrow's clash at Plainmoor.

Pattison said: "I knew we had a good squad at Gateshead when I came in and this team could play in the Football League without a shadow of a doubt. …

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