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Bogie sticking to purist ideals; BLUE SQUARE PREMIER.

THEY may have signed a 6ft 5in target man, but Ian Bogie insists Gateshead will remain true to their purist ideals, writes STEVE BROWN. The Tynesiders have passed and scored their way through back-to-back promotions, constantly adhering to Bogie's principles of entertaining, attacking football. Life in Blue Square Premier - in which they entertain Hayes & Yeading today - has been harder, however.

The loss of free-scoring Lee Novak to Huddersfield Town was an inevitable blow, but those left in his wake have struggled to make an impact this season.

Gateshead have lost four of their six games so far, while Bogie's strikers - quick, skilful but with little in the way of physical presence - have just two goals between them.

As such, Bogie swooped for French forward Armand One just hours before the transfer window closed on Tuesday. But while he expects One to bring a new dimension to Gateshead's attack, Bogie says that does not mean his side are about to go route-One.

"Armand's a big guy who gives us something we didn't have, but he can play a bit too," Bogie said. "He's played in France, and over here for a few years so he has experience and pedigree. He can get it down and link up play. We'll need to get crosses in from both flanks because he can get on the end of things.

"But I'm not saying we're going to belt it forward. We've played one way for two years now and it's served us well. I don't know another way of playing, and neither do my players.

"We want to attack and entertain, and we'll continue to do that. Armand just gives us a new dimension to add to that.

"He also adds to the competition for places. I've got 23 players in the squad now so they'll all have to ensure they're doing enough to stay in the team."

One is expected to start this afternoon's match against Hayes & Yeading, promoted from Blue Square South and just three places above Gateshead, and Bogie is hoping to return to winning ways.

"We've lost our last two so it's important we start winning again, especially at home," said Bogie, who is likely to be without hamstrung centre-backs Chris Swailes and Carl Jones.

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