RESULTS are not important at this stage says Gateshead boss Ian Bogie – but the return of a few locals to the region today for a pre-season friendly might demand his side get one, writes MATT LESLIE.
Gateshead entertain Huddersfield at the International Stadium this afternoon with more than a few familiar faces amongst the visiting Terriers, both on the pitch and in the dug-out.
Huddersfield manager Lee Clark played for both Newcastle United and Sunderland, with ex-Magpies stars Terry McDermott and Paul Stepehenson being part of his coaching staff.
On the pitch, Huddersfield will no doubt be parading new signing Tommy Miller, who formerly played up front for Sunderland, while Lee Novak will need no introduction to Gateshead fans, after his goals effectively won them promotion to the Blue Square Premier.
However, while Bogie (pictured left) acknowledges the added flavour that this game has, fitness is still the main priority for his team.
He said: “Results are not important at this stage. There are no points at stake and it is all about building up fitness levels, getting the range of passing together and a feel for the ball again.
“Having said that we go into every game looking to win and that will be no different on Saturday. Huddersfield have a strong Geordie connection with Lee Clark, Paul Stephenson and Terry McDermott among others at Town, and it will be good to see them again.
“Lee Novak will doubtless get a good reception from the Gateshead fans and rightly so. What he did in his one season for this club was phenomenal and he has gone down in Gateshead folklore.
“Huddersfield have just had a long season where they played a lot of games and got to the play-off final. Like us it will be their first run out and while both sides will doubtless be a bit rusty, it has the makings of a good game.
“Both ourselves and Huddersfield like to get the ball down and play in the right way, and both will have new faces in their squad.”