Alex Pattison 'buzzing' with brace in Harrogate Town's victory over Barrow AFC

Alex Pattison hasn't done too badly since he arrived at Harrogate Town from Wycombe Wanderers this summer.

Sunday, 22nd August 2021, 9:32 am
Alex Pattison blasts home Harrogate Town's winning goal in the 81st minute of Saturday's League Two win over Barrow. Pictures: Matt Kirkham

Having netted with a cultured, curling finish during the Sulphurites' opening-day win over Rochdale, he took his tally for the club to three in two games by bagging both goals in Saturday's 2-1 success against Barrow.

The 23-year-old's first of the afternoon levelled things up on the hour-mark with the aid of a huge deflection off a defender and some hapless goalkeeping by Bluebirds custodian Paul Farman.

His second saw him finish a devastating counter-attack, driving from close to halfway before blasting home to wrap up a second victory in as many League Two outings this term.

Alex Pattison is congratulated by George Thomson after putting Town 2-1 up.

Naturally, the ex-Middlesbrough trainee was delighted with his contribution.

"I'm buzzing to get the two goals," Pattison told the Harrogate Advertiser.

"The first one was a little bit of luck, a lot of luck really, but I've hit it and it is going on target so I will take it as my goal. It's lucky it has gone in, but a goal is a goal.

"For the second, I saw I was one-versus-one with their centre-back. Lloydy [Kerry] was screaming in my ear and I was thinking 'do I pass it?' But I felt confident to take it on myself and luckily I finished it off.

"I was confident. I felt like I had the better of the centre-half, so I went myself and just focused on the goal and put it in.

"Lloyd said to me 'it's a good job you scored otherwise I would have been fuming'. But it's gone in, so I'm buzzing."

Man-of-the-match Pattison even had chances to complete his hat-trick during the closing stages of Saturday's contest, firing narrowly wide of the upright with his left foot before being denied one-on-one by Farman.

"Thommo [George Thomson] has put it across the box and I think I should have hit it first-time and tried to dink it over their keeper," he added.

"But, he's done well to be fair. He's came out big and took it at my feet, so fair play to him."

Harrogate fell behind on 17 minutes when Offrande Zanzala stretched to stab home Patrick Brough's inviting left-wing cross, but Pattison says he and his team-mates always believed that they would get themselves back into the game and insists that they were good value for all three points.

"I think that we were the better side from start to finish. We just need to tighten up with the crosses into the box.

"We started off well. Obviously there were a few people going down [injured] in the first 10 minutes so the game was stop-start, but we always believed we were going to get something from it, even when we went a goal down - and that showed.

"We're not a team who, if a goal goes against us, we're going to drop off and not get on the ball. We knew that if we kept doing the right things then we would get back in the game.

"We knew we were the better side and that showed in the end, quality always comes through."