Well that was a job professionally done, a good team selection that kept them on the back foot and ensured their midfield five strung themselves just in front of their back four isolating the lone striker instead of moving forward and getting US on the baseline. Apart from a scruffy clearance of Todd's that got punished early on, we never looked like losing our grip on the game and the mid first half possession stats of 82% - 18% in our favour told a story. Two really well worked goals too, the first one absolute class.
It seemed to me that the kick off was deliberately manipulated well behind the one at Cambridge to suit the cameras AND the BSP OAP's outing management party who then did all in their power to hold their pathetic little trophy presentation when all but the Albion fans had gone home or to Boots & The Gulls Nest.
Congratulations to Roy MacFarland................a far, far bigger man and better manager than some buffoons on here make out and spare a thought also that but for his untimely death from cancer last year; David Preece would probably also been out there with him today on the Plainmoor pitch. Some people recognise what you did for us guys and appreciate the strong foundations you laid.
Good luck to Burton and hopefully we'll see them next season.
Well done too to my missus.................keeping possession like that ALL afternoon is deserving of a medal in itself and she's now got until Friday to produce!
A great day out ! Perfect in fact and who could have predicted all the other scores going in our favour. In the end we made the play-offs comfortably but you would not have thought that after Burton took an early lead. Crowd a disappointing 4,528 although Plainmoor looked pretty full including the away end for once this season. The atmosphere was electric as well and I was proud of our home support.
It's a bit pointless describing the match as you've probably seen it on Setanta anyway for those not present at the match. I thought our defence looked shaky in the first 20 minutes and from a poor Todd clearance, Burton took the lead hitting the ball hard and low into the far corner. Sills was struggling in the first half with a head injury and looked groggy. However Stevens was weaving his magic again on the left wing, slipped the ball across to Hargreaves who curled the ball beautifully into the corner of the net from 20 yards. What an inspiration our own Captain Marvel was today again. I personally hope to see him here next season. Plainmoor erupted and Torquay settled well for the rest of the match.
I did not have a great view of Benyon's winner in the second half following Nicholson's long throw, but again he showed how well he finishes on vital occasions. Torquay pressed well for the rest of the match and bombarded Burton for much of the time. The team all worked well and played their full part. There were also times when Torquay kept good possession football when they needed.
Burton offered little I thought and the last 15 minutes it was as almost they lost interest in the match and were preparing for their celebrations. Torquay really should have wrapped it up with one or two more. So the full time was greeted by celebrations from both sets of supporters, a rare occasion in football. And everyone went home happy.
This was a big hurdle today overcome and well done to Buckle including the little, quick men in Stevens and Benyon. I heard at half-time whilst having my wee, that Dsane had allegedly walked out from the club last Thursday. So I guess we won't be seeing him in the play-offs ? I was surprised Green was not on the bench and Christie was on it. I thought Sturrock did well when he came on for Benyon, I'm surprised Sills was not taking off instead.
Roll on the play-offs and I like the thought of playing Histon of all the play-off teams. I'll be back at Plainmoor on Friday !
Not long back from the match which was indeed a great occasion for both sets of fans with nobody going home unhappy. The match itself was far more open than I thought it would be and I think that eventually worked to our advantage after going behind early to a strike from Goodfellow who wasn't closed down in the area and had a clear strike at goal. A quick response was required and after some tricky endeavour on the left from our pocket rocket Danny Stevens he squared the ball To Greavsie just on the edge of the box for a neat placed finish. We pressed for the remainder of the half and for the most part Burton were just picking up the odd scraps and made little of them much to our relief. Early on Sills had picked up , what looked like a very painful head knock and bravely continued to finish the half though he did look a bit groggy at times. Second half and an early goal which was eventually to decide the contest.A long throw and near post flick and a quick header neatly placed by Elliot Benyon was the perfect start and in all honesty for the remainder we rarely looked troubled but you always had that lurking feeling that if they had just one clear chance it could have all gone horribly wrong. No need to worry though and with other results incredibly and unexpectedly going in our favour it was a perfect day. Only worries are that Greavsie looked jaded and in pain at the end though he put in a magnificent effort and scored a crucial goal. Two more stern tests before the ultimate Gladiatorial battle at Wembley and I only hope the players can recover physically and put in a match winning performance. Plus points and Little Danny always looked to attack the defenders and had the tricks and ability to get them backing off, so glad he played and made a difference everybody put it in though and the day ended with rapturous celebration in front of the cameras. What more could you ask for? ;D
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I hope those of you who listened to the match on radio Devon, enjoyed the Dave R interview, where I confidently predicted the final score as two, one. Only thing I forgot to do what get in a plug on air for the forum, never mind as I had the best day ever for along time up at Plainmoor. I never once during the whole game felt that we would not win it and secure our play-off place and we fully deserved the victory.
What was so great about the game was we played football, we passed the ball so well at times and all the players looked so comfortable on the ball. I was surprised Bucks went with Benyon, but as I said in my interview I suspected Sturrock must be suffering from a slight strain or something, but I was happy as I felt this was a game Benyon would do well in.
Even the fact that we had to kick off toward the family stand did not bother me, this was going to be our day, I felt it in my heart. The kick-off must have been about 8 minutes late and sadly we were treated to an anti Santana' song by the group who loved to sing the f word, gladly they did not sing that song, but they did start booing, while waiting for the teams to come out, what a bunch they are.
Burton started well from the kick –off and had a good passing move around the 3 mins mark, but it ended with a poor shot high and wide. We seemed to be in control at the back the ball was played to Hargreaves who gave it away with a sloppy pass, but Stevens got in a good tackle that cost us a throw in. It was from the throw in that the ball found its way into our area and a great shot was hit across Poke into the far corner.
He made up for shortly afterward, a great run by Stevens who rolled the ball across the edge of the box, for Hargreaves to coolly side foot it into the corner of the goal with his left foot. The game was flowing nicely and we created a few more good chances in the first half, a great cross by Mansell saw Benyon rise to heads toward the goal,but the keeper saved it with ease.
Nico drove a great cross field ball to Mansell who took a shot that was well saved in the end. Carlisle was at his very best and got fouled, Nico took a great free kick and Todd’s header was tipped over the bar. Then Nico had a good shot of his own, that was bending past the post and over.
So the first half ended and all the results were in our favour, but it was important to try and get in front and not trust anything to chance. We did not have to wait too long to get our second goal, a long throw-in by Nico helped on by Hargreaves and Benyon to put the finishing touch and justifying his selection.
I did feel we started to allow ourselves to get pushed back a bit after that goal and we had a few scares. Mansell was turned easily and the Burton player rushed into the box laid it back to a team mate but his shot was very weak, Stevens also did well what he was doing in the first half and he made a few great runs sand got in some really good low crosses, but we failed to make anything from them.
I think the whole team played well, each one was worthy to be the man of the match, the job is not finished yet, but to all those that have said Bucks must at least get the team into the play-offs, he has done that and I still feel this is going to be our season and its going to end with us really having something to celebrate.
Hopefully that'll take the wind out of the sails of the S.S Weasel and her anti-Buckle crew, at least until Friday night anyway. Von Stauffenberg, the game is up!
Now now Chris, no need to be like that - I'm still disappointed that I waited behind after the final whistle (to boo and shake my fist at arch villain Buckle) as they erected some sort of presentation area and trotted-out some trophy and it turned-out to be for Burton rather than a lifetime acheivement award for our departed centre-half!
As someone else mentioned, I expect many people have watched this either at the match or on Setanta (although obviously not on a web-feed from abroad ), but in summary - it was a thoroughly professional effort from the team. The last few minutes were rather strange - the other results that "mattered" to either team had filtered through to the fans and although no quarter was given by either team, it sort of fizzled-out a bit. Coudn't begrudge Burton the title - the league table doen't lie (except for the Weymouth debacle!!!!) and was glad to see Roy Mac getsome applause from the home fans.
Hargreaves was immense again today - felt that our first goal felt was slightly against the run of play, but the cool finish by the old head set us up to get back in-charge of the game. His constant harrying of the Burton team and his experience of these games was so invaluable. Agreed with the official MOTM in Mansell, but it could have gone to Captain Marvel himself, Wroe or even Robertson. The most important thing is not the performance of the individual but that of the team and no-one let themselves down. I don't think that it was Rayner that goofed on any of the goals in the play-offs last season (IIRC), but Poke was an excellent stand-in for Bevan.
I also heard that Dsane will not be involved in the team again - although I assumed that the comments on CH's blog about "certain individuals needing to have a look at themselves" were aimed at Dsane (and possibly others) and perhaps some people put two and two together..... Either way, if he has gone I'm not bothered. I'd rather have a dedicated set of players than some of the "couldn't care less" appearances that I have seen (depite some vital goals and a few really good matches).
All in all, the team delivered in every way today when they really neede to step-up. That surely is the "Setanta Hoodoo" laid to rest for good!
Looking forward to the next two matches - I'm open minded as to how we will do. Whatever happens I believe that it won't be down to lack of effort.
I would echo the comments about Hargreaves. He lifted the side up at Barrow, scored a peach of a goal today and set up the winner. And that's without any mention of his brilliant defensive work.
I also believe Barrow may have been Roscoe's last game for us.
Stevens, decried as nothing more than a circus act by some of the buffoons on this site ( ) also had a blinder today. Even did some good defensive work as well. Carlisle too gave an industrious and quality performance.
A very comfortable 2-1 in the end. Am concerned that Histon won't be able to fit us all in, but like many others they are the team I would rather face out of the 3 other contenders. Not that we will underestimate their physicality, direct style and set-piece threat.
If we play like today, we will win on Friday night.
Great photos Dave heard your interview on Radio Devon appreciate match reports as Radio Devon kept up its usual waffling and we had updates of the other matches! Anyway well done to the team great win roll on Friday look forward to the match reports as usual as for some of us far away its our only link to the matches when Radio Devon commentators waffle and we only hear part of whats happening "rant over" glad everyone had a great day and great win
Well, what a day! Couldn’t really have gone much better could it? I managed to be unaffected by nerves right up until the moment i entered the ‘Gulls Nest’ and got my first view of the pitch. And more specifically the already busy terraces. All of a sudden the magnitude of the task hit home again, and the finger-nails took a battering! I could see from the way the players were grouped in the warm-up that Benyon and Stevens were going to start. I was as surprised as i was delighted by that selection, and great credit should to go to the manager for making such a brave choice on such an occasion.
We fought our way down to the Pop at about 3.45, proceeded to find a nice spot at the back of the Pop at the Babbacombe end, and waited for the fun to begin. And then we waited some more. As predicted, Greavsie lost the toss and suddenly we were on the move again! This didn’t bode well, and today of all days! Attacking the Ellacombe end in the first-half?! That never works. We got ourselves comfy down in the corner by the family stand, and we were off!
When Burton went 1 up all the usual feelings of dread resurfaced. We were going to blow it again. A big expectant crowd and we weren’t going to turn up. We were still feeling sorry for ourselves when Danny started his run down the left wing. He cut inside, rolled a great pass across the edge of the Burton box, and Captain Marvel arrived right on cue to steer a shot into the bottom corner. It was a great finish, though until i’d seen the replay at half-time, i didn’t realise quite how good. Now it was game on.
We were excellent at times in that first-half. We had the best team in the League pinned back deep in their own half for long periods. In fairness, we were the team that needed the win, so it’s understandable Burton weren’t overly attacking, but the pressure we excerted would have made it tough for them if they’d wanted to be. We created a few chances, one shot in particular (i can’t actually remember from whom) which was expertly tipped away by Deeney in the Burton net. And so we went in at half-time level, having been much the better team. Other results were going our way too. All was going well. Almost too well you feared. What would the second 45 bring?
Well no sooner had we found a space for the second half, than it had brought another goal! A flick-on from Greavsie, and a glancing header from Benners (i thought it was going wide of the far post) and we were ahead. He scores goals. In fairness, the rest of the half was a little bit of a non-event. With the goings-on at Cambridge, Burton didn’t care about losing by the odd goal. We certainly didn’t need to chase another. Quite frankly, everyone was happy. Other results had seen to that. The Burton fans were, understandably in great voice. We played our part too in that respect. From about the 70-minute mark, we were all just waiting for the whistle to go and the celebrations to start. The rest of the game was something of an inconvenience actually. There never seemed to be anything happening at any of the other games, which would have influenced our own match. There was a distinct lack of the kind of drama that usually transpires on these occasions. Which was nice.
Then came the eruption at the Away end which indicated the Cambridge game was over. We gave them some polite applause, primarily in the hope their own players would stop trying to score against us i think! And then it was over. Burton can now look forward to League 2, whilst we can look forward to more of the same kind of tension! Attention now moves on to Histon. I think most of us would have settled for that.
Well done to Bucks and the players on a job expertly done today. We can do it all again on Friday.
Thanks for you report Shane a very enjoyable read, as I said in the week and again in the radio interview I did, we have had two seasons on the trot end in tears, I firmly believe it will not be a third.
Well done fellas for producing the goods. I thought at times during the first half we were excellent. Well done also to Roy Mac and Burton.
Strange second half - approaching the end Sills took the ball into the corner to waste a few seconds - none of the burton players could be bothered to get it off him for a while.
Thought some of Benyon's running was excellent. I also thought Manse was first class, dived in a couple of times as ususal, but he was generally very good and linked well with an on form Carlisle. Only worry for me was the central defence again. Sorry to say, but Todd does not deserve a place at the moment. He looks out of sorts.
One or two other points - Histon had their keeper sent off today - does that put him out of the play off - apologies if that has been covered previously.
I bought a programme today for the dirst time in years. Wow - what has happened? It was informative, interesting and pretty good value for money. Well done whoever is reposnsible.