Crawley Town 1-4 Gateshead
Relaxed Bogie gets his reward - Aug 24 2009 Evening Chronicle by Jeff Bowron
GATESHEAD manager Ian Bogie refused to panic after his Blue Square Premier new boys took just one point from the opening three games at non-league's top table.
Having picked up their first point in unconvincing fashion with a late goal at home to Tamworth in midweek the Tynesiders recorded their first win at the weekend.
And Bogie's men did it in fine style, crushing high-flying Crawley Town 4-1 in their own back yard having romped into a three goal half-time lead.
It was the shock result of the day in the Conference National but one that didn't surprise Bogie, whose side had turned in a brilliant display at Luton Town in their first away game.
That impressive 90 minutes went unrewarded but when the Tynesiders were awarded two penalties in two minutes just before half-time at Broadfield Way they were on their way to a famous victory.
Both were converted by Martin Brittain and with another former Magpie, captain Kris Gate, having already broken the deadlock Gateshead were all but home and hosed.
Crawley, predictably, piled on the pressure after the break but had only Sam Rents' 25-yard free kick seven minutes from time to show for their efforts.
The day however belonged to Gateshead and sub Graeme Armstrong added a fourth to cap a superb display in the south.
Bogie had resisted the clamour to make changes and was rewarded by a performance that suggest Gateshead will be a force on the road again this season.
Bogie said: "It would have been easy to make changes after the disappointing home displays against Histon and Tamworth but I believe in these players.
"Chris Swailes had to drop out with a hamstring strain, Carl Jones returning to the centre of defence, but that was the only change.
"The character and attitude from the players after the disappointing display against Tamworth was excellent, and it was a magnificent performance.
"The two penalties were both stonewall ones and I don't think the three-goal winning margin flattered us.
"The key now is to perform consistently and we can start by beating York City at the International stadium tomorrow, a win that would take us into mid-table."
Gate timed his run to perfection to give Gateshead a 20th minute lead from the on-loan Michael Mackay's cross.
Fouls on Jones and Wayne Phillips then brought the two quickfire penalties that pulled the rug from Steve Evans' side.
Gateshead's fourth came from a close range finish from Armstrong in stoppage time after Phillips and Steven Richardson had combined, and Bogie is looking for more of the same against the Minstermen.
Gateshead: Provett, Baxter, Jones, Curtis, Robinson, Phillips, Gate (Francis 71), Brittain (Harwood 75), Turnbull, Richardson, Mackay (Armstrong 60).
Subs Not Used: Farman, Forsyth.
Goals: Gate 19, Brittain 37 pen, 39 pen, Armstrong 90.
Crawley Town chairman Vic Marley and Director Susan Carter kindly presented Gateshead FC chairman, Graham Wood, and vice-chairman, Brian Waites, with a silver salver to commemorate the first ever game between Crawley Town and Gateshead at the weekend.