Maybe Lavercombe's injury is a blessing in disguise. I know nothing about Dorel, but playing behind our back four is no job for a teenager!
Unless one of our injured nine rises from his sickbed it looks like we will have four on the bench.
With what's available, I would go for a 4-2-3-1 with Gray tucked in behind Keating and Pittman and Reid wide. Or maybe Haworth will be fit enough to start and we'll go for a flat 4-4-2 with Pittman and Keating up front and Gray on the bench.
Expecting a loss, so anything else would be a bonus.
Higgins Anderson McGinty Cole
Pittman Gray Reid
Osborn Mitchell Haworth Fallon
I don’t really trust them not to build more houses and then not deliver the stadium and just sod off
Yep I would go with that starting line up Jon - The fresh new faces may help lift the gloom today imperative and priority we stop conceding easy goals and that should be no 1 on the list for any incoming manager. I guess i will be traveling on my own today my two mates have had enough and I must say its not enjoyable watching your team fail each week so today may be crunch time for me also.
My education started when I left Highweek School for boys..
A massive improvement in almost every aspect of our play today but still lacking that killer touch in front of goal. This game should have been dead and buried but for another bizarre officials decision in the 54 minute. A carbon copy of a goal disallowed earlier this season or was it the end of last season, anyway after a great volley from the impressive James Hurst looked to have given Utd a two goal cushion with all the players returning to their half in celebration Chesters fat boy center half Ryan Astles goes down holding his face and demands the ref consults the lino. No flag waved whatsoever. After a few minutes he comes away and awards a free kick to Chester in the box. Its typical of our luck of late and then to have had salt rubbed into the gaping wound when former Torquay target Ross Hanah scores the equaliser after a moment of switching off" just into injury time. Plenty good though about todays' performance that does indeed give us all a glimmer of hope.
The introduction of Dowling Cole and goalkeeper Vincent Dorel made a big difference to the balance of the side today all impressing in their own way. Haworth also got his first start and impressed with some good ball skills and forward play.One who needs games under his belt and needs to stay fit - he will get better with games Im certain. Crucially he and Reid got back and did the dirty stuff helping out their wing backs when called upon. The biggest difference today though was having a midfielder in there with a bit of vision fight and ability. Young George Dowling impressed from the word go. His sublime strike finally giving the Plainmoor Faithful something to cheer. If that had been Lathrope.......... Refreshing too was Cole you could see today what we have been missing on that side of the back line. Nothing against Sam Cahney but Chinua Cole looked like a proper wing back and timed his challenges well against tricky players. His timing and ability in the air was also very impressive - very much in the Durell Berry mould/ type. Sure we rode our luck particularly in the first half but I thought we had weathered the storm pretty well with Dorel the debutante keeper looking sharp and impressing on a number of occasions. Once again we missed any amount of chances to put the game to bed Keating mishitting shots and others not pulling the trigger when space had opened up in front of goal. Jamie Reid doing what he does best not looking up and so wasteful in possession after working positions and creating space for himself. Our weak link today was Myles Anderson who still does not look fit to me. I can t fault his work rate and commitment though. Soon a man with NO emotional ties or commitment will be making cold hard nosed decisions on where to start the wound healing REPAIR process and I fear he may well be a casualty. With Josh Gowling waiting in the wings and looking to return soon I fear Myles's appearances will be limited mostly to the bench.
Was it me or did I hear Gowling Howling at Dowling at one point
Another hard to take result but plenty to be positive about though only if the new man can build on this and we can finally get some consistently good performances together.
D DAY on Monday by all accounts and we will soon learn who will be entrusted to move things forward and attempt to salvage something from the season. There are some good capable footballers at the club but hopefully the new man will come in with cold hard nosed judgement and put right whats wrong, though I must say today WAS a step forward.
My education started when I left Highweek School for boys..
You have to say we were hard done by today. The turning point in the match undoubtedly was Torquay's disallowed goal when winning 1-0 in the second half. Similar to William's disallowed goal towards the end of last season against Braintree, the players were all stood in position for the re-start after celebrating the "goal". Then the referee went to a late linesman flag due to Chester's protests, had a long consultation and eventually disallowed the goal. We can only assume it was for a push as their keeper took the re-start near the penalty spot. Crowd a dismal 1,455, 151 odd from Chester.
But here is some good, all our 3 debutants had outstanding games. Sponsors MOTM Dowling, the young blond loan player from Bristol City, scored a corker on 12 minutes following a well worked move down our right. Haworth had a good run, Gray crossed, the ball was cleared out to Dowling just outside the penalty box. Dowling curled a beauty that clipped the inside of the post and went in. Not bad for an 18 year old 12 minutes into his debut. Not only that but Dowling was class on the ball in the centre of midfield beating players and picking out fine accurate passes. Dorel in goal was very assured pulling off at least 3 fine saves mainly with his feet, had good presence and command and his kicking was very good. Dorel's timing was very good coming out for balls and clutched crosses with ease. He's got your typical French passion about him and was not a happy man when the equalizer went in at the death. Some friends around me even prefer Dorel to Clarke which is some compliment. Left back Cole had a very solid debut at left back - very tidy defending and distribution. It was a novelty to have a proper left back.
The first half was crazy and very entertaining to watch. Both teams had several clear chances and the half-time score should have been around 3-3. Torquay were the better team early on and were deservedly winning. It was refreshing to see Torquay playing with width and the team looked more balanced than of late. Haworth did well on the right wing looking strong and pacy. Keating missed 2 gilt edge chances in a minute. He did not connect at close range with the goal gaping when he wrongly thought he was offside. A little later he hit the side netting at close range. Gray should have done better when through on goal on our left going for glory instead of squaring the ball to 2 Torquay players for an easy goal. Gray's shot was right at the keeper. At the other end, the woodwork saved us twice and Dorel had to be alert to block clear chances. It was a case that the 2 teams were better attacking than defending but it made good viewing.
There were less chances in the second half. There was good heart in Torquay's performance and the home crowd responded. Gray's disallowed goal was a sweet strike after the ball fell loose to him. Torquay's final ball and decision making was not always the best, Reid did his usual making some great runs but being off target with his shooting. Luke Young was hit and miss and was upstaged by the young Dowling in central midfield. Keating had a flicked header just wide and at the other end Dorel did a good smothering save when Chester were through. In the 92nd. minute Higgins lost out a header in our box from a cross and Chester stabbed the ball home at close range. One goal is was not enough in the end and Torquay had seemingly done enough to deserve their first win of the season. It was a decent team effort.
So a much improved performance and all 3 debutants helped to raise our game. But there is an awful lot for the new manager to sort out and a lot of "dead wood" to sort out. For starters Gowling's return can't come soon enough as it is worrying how many clear chances Chester had today. Thankfully we had a competent keeper today to help our cause. In attack we are not clinical enough and do not press home our advantage when on top.
Hopefully next Saturday I will see our new manager who has a hell of a job on his hands.
Disappointing that teams like Chester have to cheat and the gutless officials let them get away with it. What was the reason why the second goal was chalked off?
If there was a foul why didn't the lino flag rather than stand and wait?
Much improved performance.
I think that Reid needs to be released: tends to pick the wrong option - shots when he should pass and passes when he should shoot. When he chooses the right option the pass is poor and the shot on goal weak.
Gray needs to pass instead of trying to score from an impossible angle.
Do they have a strikers finishing coach.
FROM ANOTHER SITE: "If one of the match officials considers after being asked by the team in question the high foot was dangerous; the goal is going to be ruled out."
Does this mean that Every action can be questioned? If so we'll be there all night!
All sounds very encouraging. Such a shame we couldn't hold on, but an upping in performance is good news. Something to build on. Now on to getting the new man in to work with what we've got before our next match.
What was the reason why the second goal was chalked off?
From the OS
"James Gray thought he had doubled United’s lead, only for the linesman to rule out his spectacular effort on goal for a high foot from Myles Anderson earlier in the build up.
“The fourth official has told me it was dangerous play, but I’d have to look back at it again. I remember Myles going up for the ball with the lad, it came out, we scored what I thought was a fantastic strike from James Gray, next thing I know the linesman is waving once there was a bit of remonstration from their players."