Whoever it was, made it sound like we gave them a right battering just as we did twice last season.
Very poor crowd (2066) and a pathetic 52 from Stevenage!
Fifty two, I ask you? That only equates to about 3% of their average home gate and is totally uninspiring if you are a player. No wonder all the good players in this league want to come and play for us
The Plainmoor crowd came over well on the radio too today, sounding like they were enjoying the game and getting behind the lads.
Monotone or in full surround stereo, at least Ken keeps his views to football and the game in hand and the decision to ditch the irritating emails and texts from listeners is a good one in my opinion..............they wouldn't dare read out some of the one's I sent them over the past year! To be fair though, I have had responses from them in the week following.
There's nothing worse than having someone on their hobby horse waffling on about games past rather than the present one, reminiscing like some old long lost pal of the commentator whilst the listener is missing out on the action on the pitch.
Brilliant support from the popside - even when it looked like it was going to be one of those days when the ball would not go in the net.
Great performance from the lads. Hargreaves was absolutely immense. You can really see that Wroe and Green are totally different players from when they first came here. In their early appearances, they seemed to think they could just stand around and wait for the ball to come to them. Today they got stuck in like all the others and made things happen.
Finally, thanks to everyone who put their hands in their pockets for the TUST collection - we have the best supporters in the land.
COME ON YOU YELLOWS!
I don’t really trust them not to build more houses and then not deliver the stadium and just sod off
OK just back from game a bit wet and will get two little moans out Of the way first. TUFC It was raining, so why was the Popside not opened until 2.15pm? Why no lights In the gents toilet, It was so dark you could not see, If anyone was standing In front Of you. Had to put out your hands and feel for other people, the good news was I think I had hold Of my own.
Did not think the first half was that good, we should have scored at least two goals, one Green turn and I thought mis hit shot In the box, saved by the keepers legs. A second good strike by Green, well tipped over by their keeper again. The place was quite in the first half and not much singing.
Second half we were so much on top, great non stop noise from the popside helped push the team on. Bevan did not have much to do and I was unsure about him, until he made a great save low down, that had him at full stretch. Great first goal, Hargreaves winning his header and followed up by a Robertson header, who Is looking better ever game.
Second goal down to Sills not giving up winning the header, It looked to me that he headed It twice, sure someone will correct me. Third goal good finish from Wroe, but Carlisle was standing In an Off side position, in front Of the keeper and I was surprised the goal was give.
Woods for me played well, clearing a certain goal Of the line and Carlisle was my man Of the match for the first half. Great to leave the ground with so much joy and celebration going on all around, much more like the Plainmoor I have always loved.
Nice to see jon, romfordkev and sally, tufc01 and dear little chips. Special thanks to Stuartb, who's wife made a lovely card for Carol, who sends her thanks to you both.
It's weird trying to write a report on the game this afternoon as you have to start thinking - were we really that good or were Stevenage really that bad?
Conditions at Plainmoor were awful with a swirly wind basically more towards the Babbacombe End and horrible drizzle - you all know the stuff, it soaks into your clothes and makes you feel horrible, but luckily for us the Torquay performance was more than enough to keep us all warm.
A perfectly respected 30 seconds silence and 30 seconds applause for Tony Cavanna and Tommy Northcott, and a perfectly played 90 minutes in what has to be Torquay's best home performance of the season, with not a single player failing to earn his spurs, although the decision to give Steve Woods the MOTM was a little on the strange side despite his one moment of magic.
Stevenage's keeper Chris Day kept the scores level in the first half, making one outstanding save with his feet and one tip-over, I think both to deny the superb Matt Green, who now he is fit is beginning to show just why we wanted him so badly.
Sills, Dsane (playing on the left wing) and Robertson all went close with other efforts, and home debutant Scott Bevan had next to nothing to do during his first 45 minutes at Plainmoor, bar one slightly ham fisted punch from a corner and a number of goal kicks when Stevenage passes went astray.
The first five minutes of the second half were slightly worrying, really the only spell of the game there was any worry, when Mitchell Cole failed to convert a one-on-one after Woods' errant pass in midfield and Bevan making the only save he needed to all afternoon from an 18-yard effort that squirmed away from him and went out for a corner. Woods, with the scores still 0-0, then proved hero for a second with a superb diving clearance off the line after Bevan failed to stop (I think) Morison, and he shot towards an unguarded net.
But from then on it was 'just like watching Brazil in the wind and rain'.
Despite playing against the strong wind, we forced a number of corners and from one of them Nicholson's delivery was headed back across goal from the far post by Hargreaves where Robertson dived in to head into the net past Day.
The second came about five minutes later, just after Dsane had an effort cleared off the line, when Sills rose highest at the far post to loop a perfect header back past a despairing Day.
Nicky Wroe, who had an oustanding game in midfield, then added a third three minutes from time, firing home an angled drive from about 15 yards to leave the Stevenage defence and goalie complaining about something....handball maybe in the run-up??
No real worries for the Gulls in front of goal after that and time for a couple of late substitutions, Green coming off to a standing ovation after a hard-working performance that really deserved a goal and the MOTM award.
Those who missed the game, missed a good one, although even undercover it was just one of those days where you couldn't avoid getting wet!!
RATINGS (out of 10): Bevan 7 - handling okay, not a busy afternoon for him Mansell 7 - couple of calamaties as usual, but passing much better Nicholson 8 - best of the season so far and should be #1 left-back Woods 6 - defensively poor but clearance off line was turning point Robertson 8 - man mountain of a performance and goal as well Wroe 8 - marshalled midfield superbly and deserved goal Hargreaves 8 - excellent showing again and big threat in the box Carlisle 7 - still gives ball away too often but fine showing Dsane 8 - new role and adapted well to it Green 9 - strong, powerful runner all day and deserved something Sills 8 - best of season as well, much better effort all afternoon
Buckle 8 - tactically much better, obviously noticed Stevenage's full-backs were not their strength, so we attacked down the wings constantly.
All in all, a fine birthday treat
I thought I was Dave's No 1 - in reality I was Dave's first!
OK just back from game a bit wet and will get two little moans out Of the way first. TUFC It was raining, so why was the Popside not opened until 2.15pm?
Why the feck do you want to be in the Pop at that time on a day like that................do you like watching grass grow Dave? You want to be careful mate, you'll spend a fortune on Bovril through the winter like that.
With such a small crowd, I think they should lock you all in Boots and the Gulls Nest until you have spent enough money to be let out.................even if you had to miss the first half!
Thanks for the information above, Jon, I will checked it out later. Onto today's match, a fine second half performance in a difficult swirling wind and drizzly rain. Crowd 2,066 (yes we hit the 2,000 barrier), about 60 (quiet) fans from Stevenage, sponsors MOTM woods.
First half we were slow getting going. I think we were mainly playing 4-4-2, the surprise was Dsane was playing left wing. Carlisle was right-wing, with Hargreaves and Wroe in the middle, with Sills and Green up front. In defence Woods partnered Robertson in the middle with Mansell and Nicholson RB and LB. Bevan, making his home debut, is a tall and lanky figure, and in the first half was a little indecisive, and Woods had to sweep up for him when he should have commanded more. But Torquay had the best chances in the first half and Stevenage's keeper had to make at least 2 fine saves, one with his feet from Green and another pushing the ball around the post. Dsane had a couple of chances but could have done better. I wasn't sure about Dsane on the left wing as he tended to be wasteful, but the second half the whole team clicked and Dsane played his part often cutting inside.
The early part of the second half Stevenage had their best spell. A 1-on-1 with Bevan was surprisingly missed, and Woods cleared off the line to save a certain goal. Bevan showed his quality in the second half and made a fine parried save, and also showed confident handling from crosses. The game had opened up more in the second half and was end-to-end but Torquay were getting stronger.
We finally got a deserved breakthrogh. A Nicholson corner was floated over to the far post, Hargreaves headed it back into the mix, and Robertson headed home powerfully from about 8 yards. We grew in confidence and ALL the players were playing their full part and Stevenage were on the ropes. Sills headed in with his second attempt skillfully from close range to make it 2-0, and Wroe near the end hit a low, powerful shot to wrap up a convincing 3-0 win.
There was plenty of momentum in our play and there were plenty of moves to admire, and we went close on a few other occasions. Dsane was unlucky to not get on the scoresheet when the ball was cleared off the line when he shot from a tight angle. Green was lively up front and had a good eye for goal, and worked well off Sills. Carlisle was involved in most of our best moves and supplied the crosses for at least one of our goals. Hargreaves and Wroe have formed a really strong partnership in central midfield, with both of them helping out with the attacks and they can both score.
Jubilant scenes at the end, and the crowd played their part today. Even at 0-0 today there were some strong and long chants of "yellow army" etc. from the Pop stand and the Family stand. You sense everything is moving nicely in the right direction, and the team really clicked in the second half. Only one sub was made very late on, Thompson for Green.
Nicholson 8 - best of the season so far and should be #1 left-back
I fully agree, he has so much more to offer than Hodges. He may not be the most superb defender but he helps to make so many goals. I dont have anything against Hodges but, despite reputation, he should not beat Nicho to the team. Well done Buckle.