Matty wants to stay at City

DAVID CUFFLEY Matty Pattison hopes his winning debut for Norwich City will signal a fresh start in his career - and lead to a full-time move to Carrow Road. The South African-born midfielder, on loan from Newcastle until January 1, had a hand in both goals as the Canaries chalked up their first win in 12 Coca-Cola Championship games with a vital 2-0 home success against Coventry City.

DAVID CUFFLEY

Matty Pattison hopes his winning debut for Norwich City will signal a fresh start in his career - and lead to a full-time move to Carrow Road.

The South African-born midfielder, on loan from Newcastle until January 1, had a hand in both goals as the Canaries chalked up their first win in 12 Coca-Cola Championship games with a vital 2-0 home success against Coventry City.

And with manager Glenn Roeder having the option of making Pattison a permanent signing, the 21-year-old is eager to grab his opportunity, as demonstrated by his first outing in Canary colours, when he supplied the crosses for Luke Chadwick and Jamie Cureton to score.


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He said: “I feel really good after that. It was obviously nice to play a part in the two goals, but the main thing was the three points. I am happy with my contribution - but happier still that we won the game.

“It was fabulous, brilliant. I couldn't ask for any more, really - three points and a clean sheet.

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“On your debut it always helps. It gives you good confidence then for the next game.

“The dressing room is buzzing, and rightly so, but we all know we can't afford to get carried away, because this is only one game. Now we have got to go up to Blackpool on Tuesday and follow this up with another positive performance and result.”

Roeder revealed on Friday that there was a “potential agreement on staying longer with a view to a permanent deal” - and that would definitely appeal to Pattison.

He said: “If it goes well, I'm hoping so. I just want to play football and after being here today with the crowd and the lads, I hope to stay here a lot longer than January, help get us out of trouble and start building for the rest of the season.”

He was asked to play a wide left role against Coventry, not his regular position but a role he was happy to fill.

“I play inside a lot more but I'm familiar playing there. I played there under Glenn for Newcastle so I know the role and I know what's asked of me for the team, so I'm just happy to play there.

“It helped not having a game last Saturday. Everyone gelled in training. Training has been brilliant and everything's worked today on the pitch.”

Roeder was delighted with his two loan debutants.

He said: “Pattison did what I thought he would do and what he is capable of doing. The same as Mo Camara, he cannot be fully match fit from playing reserve team football. They were probably about 80 per cent match fit, and I was delighted that both of them got through the 90 minutes.

“But I wasn't surprised the part he played in both goals - that's the quality he has in his left foot.”

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