Post by ohtobeatplainmoor on Feb 27, 2010 17:12:13 GMT
Looking at the table is a lot nicer this evening!
According to my Old Man we played well, those you would expect big performances from put them in. Fantastic to see Carlisle back - we've missed him so badly. We've not been on the end of a real beating for some time - the margins of defeat have been fairly close and perhaps it is not unreasonable to believe that we might be turning a corner (it seems impossible to believe I'm saying that after Cheltenham on Tuesday!!!).
If we can just get a few more points before Rendell comes back then I think we could just put a bit of daylight between us and the bottom two.
Really looking forward to reading the match reports instead of the usual masochistic sunday. wasn't able to listen online tonight so maybe that was the reason we won!
The games are counting down. It would be bloody fantastic if we went into the Grimsby game needing a draw to make it mathematically impossible for them to catch us. We can then plan for next seasons push for the playoffs!!!
Shit!! I'm going all fluffy again. Amazing what a win can do............Buckle take note!
A quick synopsis and it was basically hard work and sticking at it that won the points today. When Accy equalised I was dreading that the next goal would be at the wrong end once again, after all weve seen it so many time this season and it did look like it may happen for a short period in the second half and at that point I would have settled for the single point. The introduction of Wayne Carlisle made a big difference and he was by no means off the pace as you may have expected after such a long lay off. We looked far more balanced and his work rate as ever was brilliant. Not huge amount of pretty football and plenty of hoof from the back but if that's what it takes for us to get out of this self inflicted mess then I don't care less what it looks like. Ellis and Branston were both superb today and look a good partnership( You dare split it up Mr B) and I must admit that Robertson looked the part at right back today though he didn't have a speedy winger to contend with unlike Rowe Turner did in the second period. This lad looks like the product of a disagreement- first half awful first touch and distribution and a complete liability. To me it looked like Buckle is going to pick him ahead of ( Mr Lees' ?)Camara quite rightly as the guy is so unfit, Nicho (baffling) and the genuinely talented Adam Smith. Rowe Turner did improve in the second half but looks very raw at this level and for periods looked completely uninterested, not a demeanour that will go down to well when were getting tanked!! Nicky Wroe looks like he needs a holiday just not on the top of his game at all. Mansell was close to my MOM not only for a well taken goal but for his work rate and attitude . Take note Mr Rowe Turner.. Barnes is a bit of an enigma, puts himself about without doubt but very little end product and missed a good chance wide of the post in te first half. Zebs needs more help for him to be more productive abd Elliot ran his socks off and did what he could until replaced by Muzzy in the second half. Yet another enigma Muzzy Caryoll. A genuine skillful winger if ever you saw one and probably one of the trickiest at the club but how many opportunities has he had in the last two seasons? Almost made an immediate impact wit a super run and cross to the far post where Barnes I think headed over when it looked easier to score. There goal well executed and well taken by Symes who had been in Ellises pocket for most of the afternoon. No complaints. Luckily our luck has changed a bit over the last couple of weeks and we win from an own goal in the last minute...WHOOPY!! I cant even remember when we had an og in our favour can you?? At least I was smiling when I ran to the car makes a refreshing change and for once in a long while I was eager to look at the league table...
Much better than Tuesday. Zebs worked hard, Wayne was awsome when he came on, Manse worked his socks off and we closed them down much quicker than recent games when we have given them way too much time on the ball. Don't like Macklin, not good enough, Rowe-Turner again, why is he here, much rather Smithy. Barnes gives up way too easily for my liking. Benyon never gives up. Hopefully things will start coming together now and we can move away from the "death Zone"
I saw a lot of happy faces leave Plainmoor tonight, but I'll be completely honest and say mine was not one of them. While obviously delighted at taking the three points, and seeing the much improved table after a decent set of results for us, to me the result did nothing but paper over the cracks that are still clearly in evidence.
I've not seen some of the recent performances, but I am told that it matched them fairly closely - disjointed, lacking in passion and eventually very lucky.
Accrington lined up with an in-form strike pairing of Symes and Grant, but here I will give the Gulls some credit, because apart from the first five minutes and Symes' goal both were kept relatively quiet, mainly by yet another man of the match performance from the vastly improved Mark Ellis.
Stanley could well have been a couple of goals up inside the opening five, Branston penalised for a soft foul which ended with Bevan having to make a flying save (for the cameras) from a curling free-kick and then Symes given time outside the box to take aim at goal with only Bevan to beat, thankfully screwing his shot well wide of goal when he really should have done a lot better.
There followed a spell of Gulls pressure, possibly the only time in the opening 45 minutes when that was the case, Ashley Barnes inches wide after showing excellent strength to hold off and then beat his marker, and both Benyon and Zebroski spurning chances.
But that spell apart Torquay were abysmal until the break. I hate singling out players, but I do feel Lloyd Macklin to be one of the most ineffective wingers I have ever seen, while Lathaniel Rowe-Turner should be nothing more than our third choice left back after Smith and Nicholson. What both of them offer is inexperience, which showed on many occasions. LRT almost gifted Accrington an opener with a shockingly mis-placed pass not far from his own box (Mansell was almost guilty of something similar as well) and Macklin - well what can you say but thank God Paul Buckle was awake, unlike some fans at the Morgue, and brought on Wayno at the break.
His impact was immediate, doing more than the player he had replaced inside the opening five minutes of the second period, running up to the lucky opening goal, which came after a fine link-up between him and Elliott Benyon, completely ineffective until then in a starting role. Just as Benyon looked to have run down another blind alley, failing to show the confidence to take a shot, the ball broke to Mansell, whose shot deflected off the toe of a defender and curled past a wrong-footed Dunbavin, who had been expecting a shot across him by the looks of it.
Sadly, as has often happened this season, that was the cue to sit back, but Ellis and Branston coped well at the back while Chris Robertson had one of his better games at right-back. Over on the other side of the back-four, Rowe-Turner was continually exposed by his winger, twice being called for shirt pulls and luckily avoiding a yellow card which would have become red later on (see later on!!!).
But the equaliser came with one of Accrington's rare forward ventures (I will admit it is possible we frustrated them into being very poor) and what a simple but well-executed goal it was. Again the right-winger was given acres of space to deliver a ball into the middle, and with Branston (for a change) out of position, Symes snuck in between him and Ellis and coolly volleyed past Bevan, who had little chance because of the speed of the move and the shot.
There followed a spell of nothingness, both on the pitch and off it, with the only real noise coming from the away end, but just as things looked set to end with yet more frustration and just as I am sure one or two fans were waiting to voice their disappointment, came the 2009/10 version of Northwich (H) 2008/9. With Barnes, according to some in line with play, at least five yards offside, a cross ballooned into the middle which Barnes chased down and with Accrington arms aloft appealing to the linesman, Darren Kempson swung his boot wildly at the ball and looped it into the corner of the net to provoke scenes of unbridled joy in the Popside.
The six extra minutes (three were put up on the board) eventually came to an end but for me it was just relief, no joy, no smiles and I have to say I found it very difficult to respond positively. I (and it might just be me) still feel we are not playing well, not looking particularly together and papering over the cracks, as mentioned earlier on.
The atmosphere was flat from the first minute, there was no leadership from captain Wroe, who had a really poor game, with only Mansell, who would be my captain, and Branston showing the passion I would like to see. Benyon is still not a starter and we are definitely a striker short if PB doesn't see Zebs as a forward, but I was quite pleased with the way Barnes knuckled down despite little help from his strike-partner. (Please don't take this as me being a Benyon hater - I am a realist and he never plays as well when he starts matches...despite a good scoring record).
It was great to see Wayno back, and he was strangely given MOTM despite missing a sitter as well from a Mustapha Carayol cross only seconds after the latter had come into the game. I'd have him straight back in the team on Tuesday if he is fit, since I see no merit in Macklin, and I hope Smith starts for LRT, who was lucky to escape a straight red late on for a scything tackle on the winger who had given him the heebee jeebees all afternoon.
I know this will come across as negative on a day when we should be all smiles, but when it comes to TUFC I am a realist. We are no better than a team that is going to have to fight all the way to the end of the season to maintain our league status, and thankfully for us there are a few worse teams around us, all of them losing today which made the result all the better...I just wish the players would show the passion they did in the final minutes when in front for the whole game, and that the Popside would come up with a bit more noise - it was deathly silent within 30 seconds of kick off and bar a couple of Yellow Army chants and reaction to the goals changed very little throughout - contrast that with the away support and you wonder what happens to some of the noisier members of the crowd when they are at home.
All in all when you look at the table it has to be looked upon as a positive day, but I would warn people not to get too carried away because there are far better teams than Accrington in this division and we clearly met them on a bad day. A decent Dagenham side will provide a far harder test on Tuesday, when another three points would be very welcome.
I thought I was Dave's No 1 - in reality I was Dave's first!
It's was celebration time at Plainmoor today !!! And how long we have waited. At 1-1 we were turning to eachother saying "here we go again" and in the closing stages Accrington looked the stronger to get the winner, and we have seen that happen so many times this season. Then in injury time the ball fell loose into their penalty area around the penalty spot with Barnes and a defender going for it. A boot connected onto the ball and looped beautfully past their keeper into the corner of the net, the boot coming from an Accrington defender allegedly ! Plainmoor erupted, I felt like doing The Conga, and we only had a minute too see out the game. The whistle finally blew after about 4 minutes of injury time, many fans stayed behind, joyous scenes as the team were applauded off. Some Accrington players had the hump as they went off but Torquay's did not retaliate, nothing was going to spoil this moment ! Crowd 2,503, near 100 Accrington supporters who equipped with flags and banners, were outstanding in a carnival-like mood. Torquay's home fans did their bit today as well throughout the match to try and help the team. Sponsors MOTM Carlisle who replaced Macklin at half-time.
The first incident of the match was an Accrington free-kick about 25 yards out that was swung in well but Bevan parried it out strongly. Then on 5 minutes Accrington were clean through, Bevan made himself look big, and luckily the ball was struck just wide. On 8 minutes it was Torquay's turn to be clean through, but Barnes wasted a golden opportunity and shot wide. The rest of the first half was pretty even. Torquay had a couple more decent chances. Benyon laid the ball back well on the touchline to Zebroski on the 6 yard box but he fired over. Mansell, back in central midfield, hit a decent low, hard shot that their keeper brilliantly parried. 0-0 at half-time but a reasonable performance so far, but where was a goal coming from ?
We found the answer on 50 minutes. Benyon had the ball just inside the penalty area, the ball broke loose, Mansell hit it hard and low and took a slight deflection into the corner of the net. Torquay had been enjoying a decent spell of pressure. However Accrington were a decent team and their substitute on the right wing was causing us problems. On 69 minutes a low cross came in from their right and was well finished from 6 yards out. Accrington then enjoyed a decent spell of pressure. Torquay had a glorious chance to take the lead. Carayol had come on for Benyon with Carayol on the left wing and Zebroski pushed up front with Barnes. Carayol produced the best skill of the match in my opinion. After some good footwork on the left wing with defenders around him, he crossed a glorious ball to the far post to the unmarked Carlisle at close range, who headed against the crossbar. Would Torquay rue this great missed chance ? It looked like that at the time as Torquay were not creating much. However all that was to change in injury time...
As for today's performances, I was particularly keen to get my first view of Macklin and Rowe-Turner. As it turned out it was the experienced old pros who really shone. Bevan was commanding in goal and his extra height is an advantage. Branston and Ellis in the middle of defence were both absolutely outstanding, getting stuck in winning headers etc. Ellis offers a lot from set pieces in the opposition box as well. Robertson had a solid game at right back and is the new Nicholson, lofting long throws into the opposition box at every opportunity. Rowe-Turner at left back looked exactly what he is, a youngster with much to learn. He was shaky at times and you feel a decent right winger would make mincemeat of him. That's not to say he does not have ability, he looks a decent enough athlete. I still feel Nicholson would offer more especially experience.
In midfield, Mansell gave a great battling performance and was our goal hero, Wroe was pretty hit-and-miss. Zebroski was wasteful at times with his finishing and did not offer too much from the left wing. That said he provides good defensive duties as well. Macklin, on the right wing, was totally ineffective and lightweight and was thankfully substituted at half-time. Carlisle did some great intelligent play in the second half and it was great to see him back.
Up front Benyon worked hard as normal and provided some decent moments but was pretty well marshalled. Barnes did some good work in approach play but we desperatley need him to take his chances. To be honest I thought it was Barnes boot who got the winner, but people seem admanent it was an own goal.
Now time to relax and enjoy my Saturday, it's been a long, long wait to have that winning feeling.
An excellent synopsis of the game from CapitalGull. Both Macklin and Rowe-Turner are not competent enough at this level. I hope Buckle realises this and omits them for what is likely to be a much tougher game against Dagenham. We have been lucky in recent weeks that results of the clubs either below us or just above have gone in our favour. It is a sad state of affairs to stay in the league on the basis of others misfortunes rather than creating our own good fortune.
Bloody marvellous........a win , a lovely, lucky, just about deserved, so desperately needed 3 gorgeous points...............8 pts clear and above one or two others feels so, so much better.
It also makes those 2 points eked out at Rotherham and Cheltenham.....look bloody good now.
The pattern of the home matches this season was played out to a tee this afternoon, missing great chances, finally forcing a goal, missing more chances, looking nervous with a one goal lead, falling asleep and then conceding an equalizer, missing more chances.........it could have been one of several games at Plainmoor this season..........this time though, the sting in the tail was in OUR favor
Bucks picked the strongest side he could based on physical presence alone...........even though it meant the likes of Smith and Carlisle were on the bench and O'kane and Thomson not even in the squad, it was a day for battlers on a heavy'ish Plainmoor pitch, the selection in this case was spot on, only Macklin disappointed and was withdrawn for Wayno at half time.
First half we were the better side just, Accy looked a good passing side and quick on the break, powerful up front too.......they would be in the play offs if they could defend, their two center halves though, very surprisingly for this league were abysmal, absolutely woeful, immobile, unsure and beaten for pace and quite often strength by Benyon and Barnes ............yeah that bad!
I don't want to be to harsh on our two lads up front, who fought well but a better pair of strikers would have murdered them.
Barnes missed the first golden chance when he out muscled their defense but lashed his shot wide with just the keeper to beat from 12 yards.....a bad miss after some good work. Benyon missed the target from closer when he latched onto a Ellis flick on, from a long throw into the box.........and just before half time Zeb missed from even closer again after some good work from benyon on the byline cut the ball back, only for Zeb to shank the tap in horribly.
Accy had their moments too but they would have been happy to be on terms at the break.
Attacking the family stand in the 2nd half we started the half well and grabbed the goal when the ball broke loose for Mansell to run on to and stroke it home from the edge of the area......a nice finish indeed. We visibly grew in confidence and you felt no.2 was coming as we pushed Accy back, the crowd who had been supportive and pretty vocal roared on their appreciation.......the 2nd goal though, did not come and ever so gradually Accy started to get a foothold in the match.... ....the key change was when they brought on Turner(?) a speedy right winger, who looked dangerous straight away.....suddenly Accy were winning all of the 2nd balls and we were looking panicky at the back, particularly Ellis and Rowe Turner. Wroe and Mansell were winning nothing in midfield after having dominated the 1st hour. Sure enough the goal came with about 20 mins left.........Turner was given a little too much space to whip in a deep cross from the right for Symes, who had been given a yard in the area by Branston (his only error in the game) and vollied home an excellent finish......1-1 and you felt at that stage that 1-2 was the likely result.
Just a word here for Rowe-Turner, TerryL and his cronies in the grandstand were by now giving Buckle some fearful stick........"get him off" , bring on a decent full back" etc etc..........he made them eat their words alright.........as he fought back admirably after seemingly looking in trouble against Accy's Turner, he stopped him well on a couple of occasions after that......and then when the chance arose he absolutely took him out a treat........thankfully receiving just a yellow despite the Accy benchs' animated protestations, Turner the speedy winger received lengthy treatment and didn't seem to fancy it much after that - sometimes a full back's gotta do what he's gotta do!
Rather than capitulate, we never gave up though and fought our way back into the match........and had a golden chance to win it at after some sublime play from Carayol who had been brought on for Benyon, with Zeb moving to the middle with Barnes. Carayol picked the ball up just past the half way line, skinned two defenders down the left and just when you thought he had over run the ball, somehow send in the most perfect cross you'll ever see from the byline.........it evaded everyone bar Carlisle who ran in from the right and just had to steer his header home from 4 yards.......agonizingly he headed it against the bar and out.
Both teams seemed to be content with the point after that as the game drifted into injury time........that's that i thought, as i made my way from the grandstand towards the away end disappointed with yet another draw but keen to avoid the rush.
Then in the final minute of injury time.............pandemonium!
I stopped to watch the last bit of action as we were awarded a harmless looking free kick just inside our own half, a harmless almost aimless ball was played in to Barnes (apparently well offside according to RD ) on the edge of the area.........Barnes tried to hold off the defense and Kempson who had been useless all game, went to challenge him........he just seem to stick out a leg only to connect perfectly and volley the ball right in the corner of his own net........
....a quite brilliant finish ;D
The ground erupted................beautiful!
Well done to the players and the fans.....and well done to Bucks' who deserved that break at the end.