Post by ohtobeatplainmoor on Oct 30, 2010 14:57:59 GMT
We're not being torn-apart Hector but we're making it harder for ourselves than it need be. We've created a few chances but Morecambe will be feeling they can win this - we need to take the game by the scruff of the neck. Impressed by Senda, Macklin struggling to stay on his feet. Kee still looks bloody unfit.
Well I nearly went today but took in a local match - spent from quarter past four trying to get some info on the game out of bloody radio devon. Had that idiot John Ayres saying Exeter should have been winning when they were 1-4 down. You would have thought that Argyle had won - even though it seems to have been lost on the commentators that they were bloody stupid to get two players sent off in the first half. Another oaf John Lockyer seemed to have creamed himself as The Indian Chiefs seemed to have beaten a bunch of Arabs. But sod all on the Torquay game as usual - 1-1 when I got out of the car. By the time I had switched on Sky Sports blow me we were 3-1 up. Nothing on here and precious little on the other site either. From what I can deduce we looked like we had a decidely iffy looking line up, didn't play that well perhaps but it seemed the visitors had 9 men as well. I will certainly take that looking at the line up and we are astonishingly 1 point off the play offs. Even more strange - Ashley Barnes has banged in another 2 for Brighton who are top of league 1. Hoping for something from Radio Devon on Torquay by six o'clock!
Well it all came good in the end for a vital win for the Gulls. It was a story of the Gulls struggling against 10 man Morecambe at 1-1. Than after using all our 3 subs in the second half, we finally had that bit of quality in the vital areas. Crowd only 2,172, offically 72 from Morecambe, sponsors MOTM Benyon.
Torquay got off to a sluggish start against a lively Morecambe who do play some lovely crisp football, moving the ball around neatly at pace. Torquay were having a bit of a footballing lesson who were trying to find their feet. It took me a while to realise our team selection and I assume Robertson was injured. So in came Senda at right back for a rare start and likewise for Macklin on the right wing. Wroe and Oastler in central midfield with Zebroski left wing. Kee and Benyon up front.
Against the run of the play Torquay had a golden opportunity on 11 minutes. Benyon was through on goal and appeared to be bundled over in the penalty area by Morecambe's last defender. The ref waved play on, the linesman, who was further away, flagged for a penalty. The ref consulted the linesman, awarded a penalty to Torquay and sent off their defender. Benyon's unconvincing penalty kick was saved but fortunately he scored from the rebound. So Torquay were 1-0 up and playing against 10 men for 80 minutes, surely we can win this one !
The pattern of the play did not really improve, Torquay were huffing and puffing but had little quality in their play. Even with 10 men Morecambe played well and equalised on 30 minutes. A bit of a strange goal. I personally thought the ball just went out of play on the byline and Torquay's defenders seem to stop for a while. However the ball was volleyed into the goalmouth at pace and finshed off at close range, and the goal was given.
Torquay had not really played well enough to deserve to be winning anyway so it was a fair scoreline. Senda was probably the pick of the players in the first half who at right back did a tidy job defending and has decent pace. I'm afraid Macklin and Kee struggled to be consistent and even Zebroski had little of the ball.
The second half continued in a similair fashion until a double substitution. On came our loanees Rose and Hemmings and off went the ineffective Macklin and Kee. A little later Senda went off injured and on came O'Kane. That meant a big shuffle around, with Oastler going to right back, the loanees on the wings, and Zebroski giving some much needed presence in attack.
The turning point in the game for me was a sublime turn and volley by O'Kane from 25 yards which hit the inside of the post and rebounded out to safety. Finally you felt Torquay had that bit of quality about them and both Rose and Hemmings were looking hungry and giving Morecambe something to think about on the wings.
On 69 minutes the ball broke loose to Rose outside the penalty area who hit a peach of a shot that swerved low and at pace that gave their keeper no chance. Torquay now were playing well and some lovely quality in the penalty area by Zebroski, he beat a defender looked up and fed the ball for Benyon to finish from close range.
Morecambe had another defender sent off for an off-the-ball incident as they were clearly niggled. A cross from Oastler was headed just wide from Benyon. Torquay finished convincing 3-1 winners against 9 men Morecambe in a match that until the substitutions they had looked out-of-sorts.
My thoughts today is that there is no substitute for quality that the likes of O'Kane, Rose and Zebroski can provide. In fact they made it look easy the way they turned the match in our favour in the end in a match that for so long Torquay were labouring in.
One final point, the Pop side were so quiet, they only woke up when we were winning 2-1. At least the Family side tried to lift the team throughout the match with chanting.
I couldn't disagree with any of that report Swangull. The referee didn't give us much, including a blatant penalty, even from the family stand and thank God the linesman had a bit of backbone. The ref eventually ended up being applauded for some of the decisions he got right.
Morecambe did look like a good passing side and it was a struggle until the substitutes came on early in the second half. I thought Senda was our best player by a mile in the first half. His substitution appeared to be dictated by injury and was holding his right hamstring on the way back to the dressing room. The Morecambe right winger has a very good game and kept Zebroski quite until he switched to up front and there made more of an impact.
O'Kane was unlucky not to score from a loose ball following a corner but Rose made up for this with a great strike into the corner of the goal. Prior to his goal Benyon just missed with a header and in another incident was also taken out by the goalie but with the ball running out of play, a corner was given even though the keeper didn't touch the ball.
All in all, a confidence boosting win which was much needed and hopefully can now be built on.
The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
It's just not happening for Kee at the moment. There was an incident when all he had to do was roll the ball into Benyon's path to put him clear on goal but he smashed it far too hard sending Benyon scampering wide.
Rose's performance was very eye-catching and really turned the game. As he belted that one into the net, I could imagine Kee sat on the bench Yosser Hughes style saying "I could do that. I could do that".
O'Kane continues to show his class. Away from home "in the hole" but where should we play him at home? Risk him in centre-midfield or sacrifice a winger? Much the same dilemma that Leroy had with Jason Fowler.
I don’t really trust them not to build more houses and then not deliver the stadium and just sod off
Post by ohtobeatplainmoor on Oct 30, 2010 17:29:49 GMT
An excellent summing-up by Swangull as per usual and I fully agree.
It was a real shame for Senda today - I thought he was very decent in the first half. He pressed their fullback and made things happen, for the most part our decent attacks came down the right and Senda was involved in them a lot of the time. I really felt for him when he was forced-off, it looked by the way he held the back of his leg that it is a hamstring, I hope that it was just a tweak due to his lack of games rather than a full pull that will keep him out for weeks as I think that he could be a very good player for us.
All credit to Bucks today, he made the subs early enough to make an impact and they did just that. Macklin has obviously impressed over the last few months to earn an improved contract, but I don't think that he really shone today when we were really crying-out to get wide and stretch them when we went 1-0 up but it just didn't happen for him. Likewise with Kee, he struggled to get into the game and actually managed to look less fit than the last time I saw him play. He is quick thinking, as good tight control but when he needs to show that turn of pace to beat his man or get into space it isn't there and it is holding him back.
Rose looked the most comfortable of the two loanees that came-on, his close control and awareness is very good but Hemmings put-in a good shift and their approach really helped change the game. Rose's goal is well worth staying-up into the night to watch, a lovely first time strike that went low into the bottom corner.
I liked Oastler - nothing fussy, he tracks back well, has a good awareness and reading of the game and has a decent passign range. He'll only get better with more games. He seem to do exactly what Bucks asked of him at different points of the game. I also thought that Wroe had a decent game for the first time in a very long time.
It wasn't a perfect performance, but I think that when you go so long without winning any sort of win is needed. We finished with a fine flourish and I hope that this will kick-start things again.
One thing that I did wonder about and probably the best poster to ask is Aussie - have we narrowed the pitch slightly? It looked like it a little bit on along the granstand but I might well be wrong!!!
Good report Swangull though I dread to think what the result would have been if they had had 11 men for 90 minutes. In all honesty the fist 60 or so minutes we were as bad as I can remember - nothing sticking up front and so many hit and hope punts down the pitch and up until he subs were made I thought it was going to end with another embarrassing result. But hey we didn't give up the fight and gradually got the better of a side that passed the ball better than us and always looked dangerous. I'm pretty certain the players got a bit of a roasting at half time for giving the ball away so cheaply on so many occasions and not passing the ball like we know we can. Okane was the also one who made a big diference to the midfield , no idea why he didnt start - Oastler stuggled to have any influence in midfield and looked better at wingback after Senda was replaced through a thigh injury - played very well while he was on mind you. Before the subs came on we were indeed desperate for some inspiration and thank goodness all three subs played their part in that respect who were unaffected by our recent confidence sapping slump and not afraid to fail. Goodness knows what hapened to Maklin but his touch and control was just dreadful he needs to get bac to basics and learn the fundemtals of control and making the right decision of whether to pass or try and beat your man or fall over as he managed to do quite alot today. Happy with a scrappy win - the slump has taken its toll on confidence and I will be so glad when we have amassed enough points to ensure our safety - that must be the priority.
My education started when I left Highweek School for boys..
Didn't think game was too bad at all - yes the opposition played quite slickly at times but Bevan only had one serious save to make and we created plenty of chances without being totally dominant. Thought Wroe had a great game - any chance he will stay? Oastler, Ellis, Benyon, Zebs and Rose all good - not sure what happened to Robbo? Back on track and in a good position in the Table.
Another oaf John Lockyer seemed to have creamed himself as The Indian Chiefs seemed to have beaten a bunch of Arabs.
John, a true gentleman, is a good friend of mine and was a very fine sportsman being at one time captain of Exeter Rugby club.. He is an extremely knowledgable man when it comes to rugby (and cricket), I would say that there are very few in the South-West who can relate to a game being played to the degree that John Lockyer can, indeed he was at one time the Chairman of selectors for the South-West regional side.
To describe him as an 'oaf' is way, way off the mark.
Post by ohtobeatplainmoor on Oct 30, 2010 20:13:26 GMT
Thought Wroe had a great game - any chance he will stay?
Time will tell. Let's face it, the circus at Old Trafford with Shrek and Taggart shows anything that can happen! I don't imagine that we are asking for anything like the £100k that Ronnie Moore claimed that we were but still a good couple of weeks after he was placed on the list nothing has happend.
If he did play like that every week I would be happy for him to stay, but in my opinion he has never shown the sort of consistency that you would expect from a football league standard player since we have been back. I recall his play leading to the assist for Rose was an excellent blend of perspiration and inspiration - if he could do that more often he would have the pick of clubs closer to home paying far more than I expect he earns now.
If Morcambe really have lined-up a move for him (I'm not convinced that they have!) then they will have liked what they saw today.
Thought Wroe had a great game - any chance he will stay?
If he does stay he will surely be a squad player only, on the same terms and conditions as Wayne Carlisle. But if he keeps his place in a winning team fair play to him. It was only after todays final whistle that I valued his contribution, not MOTM material but IMO solid enough to keep his place in the team midweek.