Two Touches For Man ... One Giant Leap For Matty

Last updated : 28 February 2006 By Footy Mad - Editor

He was in the squad for the Aston Villa game but was not called upon, but it was different against the Toffees. The South Africa-born midfielder has battled back from two cruciate ligament injuries and says his efforts were rewarded when Glenn Roeder threw him on as a 90th minute substitute.

Pattison: "Things have been tough, but coming off the bench for Newcastle at St James's Park is without doubt the highlight of my career. My mum was in the crowd, and I guess she'll be very proud seeing me get my chance like that.

"I'm grateful to Glenn Roeder – he's been great with me right through my time with the Academy and through my injury problems. I was in the squad for the game at Villa the other week, but I wasn't involved.

"It was still a good experience for me to be involved, but to get the call to go on the bench on Saturday was amazing for me. It was completely unexpected. Glenn told me just prior to naming his team, and I was buzzing after that.

"Obviously when you are on the bench you are itching to get a chance, but the longer the game went on the more I thought I wasn't going to get on."