Post by ohtobeatplainmoor on Jan 2, 2010 14:21:16 GMT
Sounds like the ref is bending over backwards to get this game on..................frost is a funny thing: there is hoare (grass) frost and there is the much harder to predict as far as thawing goes ~ ground frost which can be a bugger to come out in shady areas and those with a slightly less richness of turf covering.
I wish everyone the best of luck, especially the ref; he is on a hiding to nothing now because he could say go ahead and then it begins to freeze again in those parts once the game starts and he then has a BIG problem.
There are vouchers that have been given-out on the chance that the game might start but the pitch might freeze. I think both managers will be keen that this match goes ahead and conditions carefully monitored to ensure the safety of the players.
I remember standing in the cold at Sid James Park one festive fixture waiting for the sun to rise a bit more for the pitch to thaw-out the frozen patch in front of the Cowshed!
Hopefully the conditions won't alter the outcome of the match today (unless it is in our favour - although it rarely ever is!).
Just as an FYI, as I guess 99.9% of the readership of the TFF doesn't read the Racing Post, the mighty betting tome has both of today's teams in their 5 to follow for 2010.
The list goes Manchester City, West Brom, Brighton, Torquay and Cameroon with punters warned that our Gulls are not a team to bet against next season...err, let's just hope that we don't screw up the second half of this one first eh lads!!
Hope this afternoon is an enjoyable one for the Yellow Army!
I thought I was Dave's No 1 - in reality I was Dave's first!
A somewhat "weak" bench at first glance, but then there is no other option. Only three from these can be utilised anyway, and the younger lads could come into the equation if anything happens to our two wide players in midfield.
Local Brighton radio reporting ref not 100% happy with a 20yd section of pitch by touchline.
Then it's a case that it WON'T get any better at three o'clock......................it's always been the case with that part of the pitch.
If he starts and it deteriorates he'll be in a situation where abandoning the game will enter his mind IF the payers fail to deal with that anomaly.
He's given them every chance, don't let anybody get on his back for this ~ whatever the outcome, and to be honest it's all part of the FA Cup at this stage of the season.....................always has been, always will be!
The hold up has been confirmed as being due to delays in getting ALL the crowd in.
Post by ohtobeatplainmoor on Jan 2, 2010 16:48:13 GMT
Oh well, it could always be a case that a mistake would give the game to Brighton. Shame, sounds like it was their first credible effort on goal, but that's football. Still, there's the last throw of the dice with the triple sub.
"Sadly this won't be Torquay's year in the FA Cup" is the commentator's summing up on BBC Devon................does he expect us to win the ruddy thing?
Not quite good enough to turn them over, and probably a bit lightweight up front with the slowest developer ever playing instead of Zebs and thus proving excactly why we have signed a properly equipped striker. Maybe we will be playing Albion again next season in the league!
Sad that we appear to have gone out without "having a good go".....look forward to the eye witness accounts later. Following the few Div 2 games going on notice Grimsby got a point and Bournemouth lost to Northampton who go well above us now
There wasn't much difference between the two sides and clear cut chances were at a premium. The defence started to creak a bit in the second half and the goal when it came was well taken, straight into the top right hand corner of the goal leaving Poke with no chance.
I think the absence of both Wroe and Zebroski made a substantial difference to the overall performance. Thompson made numerous errors in the middle of the pitch and Benyon didn't have the strength or cutting edge to turn some promising positions into shooting chances. Also with no Robertson or Nicholson, the long throw tactic went out of the window.
Thomson on the right wing made some promising runs but either tried to take it past too many defenders or his final delivery could have been better. Doesn't look so good against league 1 defenders but was isolated a lot of the time with Mansell seemingly staying back more and no Wroe in support.
Their keeper made two very good saves; a Charnock header towards the end of the first half and a Nicholson shot well worked from a free kick on the edge of the area.
The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
Very disappointed with that showing...........dominated in midfield and woeful in the final third........today we were pretty hopeless, Brighton who were strong and well organized but also very ordinary won this game in an absolute canter....despite the fact that they really are what it says on the tin............a struggling Lge1 side. How we missed Wroe and Zebroski today!!!
Poke and the back four with Charnock outstanding are the only ones that came out with any credit for me. Hargreaves isn't fit and battled away manfully......Tyrone spent the day giving the ball away and our wingers made little impression........when we did get into crossing positions our delivery was poor. Up front against a big back four we were clueless and powderpuff.......Rendell wasn't too bad but couldn't hold the ball up and his flicks rarely found any body. Elliott was like a boy against men and never got a sniff due to his lack of strength and pace..........he is only effective against poor Lge2/BSP defences, his hat-trick against hopeless Stockport seems to have earnt him a new contract (i would hope that we could attract better than him for next season, i think he's been very lucky to get a new deal personally, i guess i'll be in the minority with that viewpoint).
It cried out to be changed a lot earlier than Buckle did change it.......we needed Nicholson's delivery and long throws to try and exert some pressure in their box and Sills' prescence and ariel ability to give our attack a focal point.........we looked far more dangerous when they both came on along with Stevens with 10 minutes left, but it was too late by then as we were already one down.......and you always felt that one goal was always going to win this game.
Hopefully with everyone back for next week.......we'll recapture our recent good form.........this performance was a little too like earlier in the season.
Out of the cup and a lot of money potentially missed out on with no more than a whimper.....