havent any superlatives for this only yessssssssssssssssssssssss wot a day wot a result and wow wow wow as always proud to be a gulls fan,and you all know the last couple of seasons we have gone on one of our runs,well done BUCKS.............simon
An amazing afternoon at Plainmoor today, the best performance of the season and a fully deserved 5-0 win! It was a great day to savour for all Gulls fans and it is days like today that make it all worthwhile. There was a sizeable turn-out from Shrewsbury today, probably approaching 500 and at 3-0 onwards many started to filter out the ground. They were having a right drubbing as Torquay from then on just toyed with them. It was champagne stuff, Torquay stroking the ball around at will, a few back-heels here and there, using the full width of the pitch. Crowd 2,861, I did not hear a sponsors MOTM but those around me singled out Stanley. There was a wonderful balance about the whole team combining work-rate, passing ability, flair and some tasty finishing.
Torquay started positively and took the lead after just 4 minutes. Our forward line debutants created and finished it. Murray put through Tomlin who dinked the ball over their keeper in confident style, the sign of a quality striker. Torquay were the better team and should have made it 2-0. Tomlin turned and fired a shot that their keeper parried that fell to a Torquay player (I forgot who) who headed over when he seemed certain to score. Nicholson also had a couple of decent long range efforts. The big turning point happened approaching half-time. Robinson, on loan from Shrewsbury (!), had the ball on our left wing about 30 yards out next to the Pop side. There was no apparent danger when in stormed Grandi who took out Robinson in wreckless fashion who went flying through the air. Not a very nice thing to do to your "teammate"! The ref quite rightly gave a red card and Robinson recovered after treatment. Shrewsbury had one decent chance near half-time but the recalled Bevan got down well to parry the shot.
Robinson really rubbed salt in Shrewsbury's wounds in the second half. A decent cross from Nicholson was headed back by Tomlin and hit the arm of a Shrewsbury defender. Robinson hit the perfect penalty into the top corner. Then the best goal of the lot. Robinson went on a run about 25 yards out, made room for himself, and nonchalantly curled the ball into the bottom corner. This really wound up the Shrewsbury players who seem to lose it from this point and their fans started to drift out. From then on it was fun time for Gulls supporters. After several passes Zebroski went on a run down the right and drillled a low, hard shot into the net. Our fifth was just comical. Following some lovely interchanging passing the ball rebounded off a defender, wrong footed the keeper and trickled into the net! It was humiliating for Shrewsbury and at the final whistle their keeper, clearly in a bad mood, delibrately kicked the ball over the family stand out of the ground. Shrewsbury must be feeling very red faced allowing Robinson to play against them in the loan contract.
As for our season since the departure of Wroe (who was quiet today) and Benyon, it is clear to me the loan players we have brought in are actually better and Stanley is our real jewel in our crown. And Robinson's not bad either as he reminded Shrewsbury today!
Post by harboursidegull on Mar 12, 2011 18:42:35 GMT
Well an amazing game today... and if last week we bossed and passed all over the park in the second half well today we did more of the same and then some for a whole 90 Min's .
Shrewsbury were well represented in the stands, was it 400 Shrews fans... its a pity for them they witnessed their team getting an absolute mauling at the hands of our boys.
I think we started with a very aggressive looking line up with both new lads slotting straight in at the expense of O'kane and Kee ( still injured ) both Murray and Tomlin did not look the tallest of acquisitions but boy can they play.... we started very brightly with a few efforts then Murray suddenly filtered a ball in midfield to Tomlin who may have been off-side but he carried on his run and chipped ( I think ) the on coming keeper from just inside the box Bang !! 1 Nil within the first seven minutes to The Gulls ;D
Tomlin took his chance with a real aplomb whereas some players would have skied it in to Warbro Road, well done that man
From then on it was all out attack really I think we must have had about 10 chances in the first half, two of those were nice long range efforts from Nico the second of which was the closest just about skimming the bar, It was great to see Pringle, Murray, Tomlin and Robinson playing like they had been in the team with each other for years and not a matter of 40 minutes and complimented with an outstanding Stanley, with Manse and Zebs backing up the play it was a superb performance
A huge moment came right in front of the Pop Side halfway into the Shrews half, a little bit of interplay between Nico and Robinson and Jake was just about to bomb on again when Thwack !! he was scythed down by the big number 18.... it was a sending off as soon as you saw it and rightly so the ref produced a red and he was off for an early bath or cold shower.
Luckily Robinson was not injured and was able to continue to perform more magic, the end of the first half and it was smiles all round at Plainmoor.
The second half started in the same attacking manner with some lovely passing and moving going on from the boys in Yellow suddenly nico had the ball and delivered a beautiful ball into the box for Tomlin who was impeded by a Shrews player handling the ball.... Penalty !!
This time it was none of last weeks nonsense and rightly so.... Jake took the honours and blasted his Pen hard into the top of the Shrews net, Keeper ... No Chance !! Get In Two Nil
Within what seemed like seconds from the restart Jake ad the ball on the edge of the area and he took the ball passed the Shrews defenders and drilled it low with a little swerve in to the bottom of the net !! Come On !! Three Nil !
More superb play followed and Stanley with a back heel ...... Mmmm... Nice !!,seemed to be here, there and every where and is clearly enjoying himself and plays with a smile on his face too ( Please Sign Him Up ) To be fair the Olaying at each pass could have started a lot earlier than it did but it was great to see and hear. Zebs was soon to get his Goal when out on the edge of the box he twisted and turned his opponents .. gained some ground and jinked again and drilled his shot ...again low and hard and on target .... Four Nil... and Plainmoor is a sea of smiles .. Great Stuff
Pop Side were by this time having a bit of fun at Wroe's expense by singing Nicky, Nicky Wots The Score ? but over all he was given a nice reception before and after the match ... nicely done.
God knows what happened for the fifth as I took my eye off it .... did it come off Stanley ? I looked down at my phone and suddenly a huge cheer rings out and the keeper is picking the ball up out of his net for the final time of the afternoon..... Five Nil !!! Pure Joy ... Pure Class !!!
Man of The Match was given to Tomlin who played the whole 90 and he looked very very good, but to be honest it MOM could have gone to anyone of the outfield unit and an awesome display from the lads..... any one who wasn't at Plainmoor today ... Too Bad !!! but see if you can get the Match DVD off Lingey ( if he still does them ? )
How sweet it is to be a Gulls Fan .... On Day's Like These
Nearly didnt go today beacuase of personal issues ( daughter in Japan ) but made the effort and so glad I did. A wonderful display from start to finish, a game won in a style that any football fan would admire. Super goals and plenty of action from start to finish and eventualy won at a canter after their fullback was desrevedly sent off for an atrocious challenge on JR This 5 star performance was undoubtedly built around the strong foundations of Craig Stanley and Guy Branston together with the pace energy and flare of our entire front line who gave the Shrewsbury defence their worst experience of the season. Alongside a very capable partner Ben Pringle Stanley simply ran the show with unbounded energy and inteligent passing and movement this in turn gave our forwards the foundation and springboard to do theire stuff and didnt they just do that well. We simply must hang on to CS he is as complete a midfielder in a TUFC shirt at this level that I have seen for a long while. The Football League show is a must watch the game itself reminded me so much of our win by the same score over Rochdale at this stage last season it lifted the squad and we went on an amazing run anything similar will without doubt see us in the Playoffs. Every player played their part and the Shrews ended up looking like they only had eight men on the park at times and by the last qautre looked a shambolic and resigned outfit. Days like today are rare indeed and playing without fear today was a factor with credit to the management and coaches for sticking to playing the game in the right way, in fact it was almost Arsenalesque.
My education started when I left Highweek School for boys..
Post by Ditmar van Nostrilboy on Mar 12, 2011 19:22:29 GMT
Not really any need for a report. Just a totally supreme performance from all 11 players, even Bevs chipped in with a save and a couple of crosses caught. Shrews looked poor, but only by the high standard of our performance. Get the recorders set for the FL show tonight. It's one to treasure
Well I left Plainmoor this afternoon very disappointed I’m afraid, disappointed that we let Shrewsbury off the hook and only put five goals past them, when we should have won by 10 goals to nil. If that had been the final score then Shrewsbury could have no complaints what so ever.
If home fans had thought they had been treated to a wonderful second half display of good football our team played against Stevenage last Saturday, let me tell you that was second rate compared to what we were treated to today.
Today happened to be one of those games you were so glad you were there to witness it, because such games for Torquay United fans are rare and don’t happen all that often. I made a post yesterday where I said it was a good time to be a TUFC fan, today was a very proud time to be one that had me reduced to tears in the end, such was the performance from our players.
Yes Shrewsbury did turn up and did not play their reserve team, it was clear to see when the game kicked off they were a quality side and we would have to really special to beat them. We beat them because we outworked them, out fought them and outplayed them on ever single inch of the Plainmoor pitch.
As expected Paul Buckle put Gavin Tomlin and Roman Murry our two new loan players straight into the starting eleven, the only surprise was the return in goal of Scott Bevan who must have ended up thinking we were playing a team at the bottom of the table and not one in third place. I believe Bucks went with Scott as he wanted the extra height in goal.
I was so pleased to see the attacking line up I posted last night that I hoped would start and from the very first whistle to the last, it was Torquay attack after attack. We took a very early first half lead and you won’t see a cooler finish at Plainmoor than the one Gavin Tomlin produced. What’s all this nonsense that the players would not know each other?
We won the ball in our half and a great flick by Roman Murry split the Shrewsbury defence. Benyon would never have had the pace to get onto the ball, but Tomlin sure did and once in the box with the Shrewsbury keeper coming off his line to close him down, he chipped him brilliantly.
Would we now sit back as we have done at home and let Shrewsbury have a go at attacking us, not on your nelly and the only real surprise was we did not add to our fist half lead.
Guy Braston should have done better with a headed chance that came his way from a Nico corner, but he headed the ball well over the bar. Ben Pringle looked like he might get our second goal for us, after the ball was flicked around in the Shrewsbury box a few times, it fell right at his feet facing goal and unmarked. Credit has to go to the Shrewsbury keeper who came off his line faster than a greyhound and dived on the ball just as Pringle was about to pull the trigger.
The half was soon turning into a shooting practice session for our players, Nico played a good ball to Stanley who was on the edge of the box, but his shot just went wide of the left hand post.
Nico then hit one of his specials and was unlucky to see it just go over the cross bar, he ran toward the Shrewsbury box and fooled the defender into believing he was going to pass out wide to the left to Robinson. He then turned inside and hit the shot with his famous left foot and the ball was bending and dipping all the way and as I said, just went over the cross bar.
Then came the miss of the match and you had to feel a bit for Ben Pringle. Once again Gavin Tomlin was in on goal only this time out wider and with a much tighter angle, but he fired at goal and the keeper made a good save, but the ball flew up in the air and all Pringle had to do was head the ball into the empty net. The funny thing was the way we were playing the miss did not seem that important and one we might live to regret come the final whistle.
One thing that was clear during the first half was that the Shrewsbury players were trying to ruff up Jake Robinson at every opportunity and our Jake (or is he theirs) was a very lucky boy not to be leaving Plainmoor in an ambulance. The Shrewsbury right back who simply could not handle Jakes pace or trickery, decided it was time to try and take him out of the game. He sure did his best with the most disgraceful challenge I have seen at Plainmoor for a long time. He rightly got shown a straight red card and the very best news was that Jake was able to carry on and play most of the remainder of the match.
Scott Bevan was forced into making the only save he had to right on the stroke of half time, a Shrews had been played into the left hand side of our box and went for the near post with his shot. Scott got across and down well to make the save at the expensive of a corner that came to nothing.
I expected to see a much more determined Shrewsbury team start the second half even with only ten men on the field, we all know that ten men can often be hard to beat and they so often do make a comeback and go on to win the game.
Well their manager might have wanted that from his players, but the plain facts are, we were in the winning mood and not prepared to let another winning position at home end up in more lost points.
Robinson sure wanted to prove that he should be back at his own club and starting in their games, he did what he does best and cut inside from the left hand side and hit a great right foot shot that only just missed the far right hand post.
Nico was enjoying himself going forward down the left hand side and looked up and played a great long ball to the back post to Tomlin who headed it at goal and the ball hit the arm of a Shrewsbury defender
Seconds before this Danny Stevens was stripped down and waiting to come on and I firmly believe it was going to be Jake Robinson he was going to replace. Bucks waited and up stepped Jake Robinson to show Zebs how a penalty kick should be taken.
Two nil and Danny went and sat back down on the bench and I’m glad he did at that point as Jake treated us to a really wonderful third goal. Once again he cut into the box from the left hand side and hit a right foot shot that this time flew in just inside the far post. So pleased for him and as I said yesterday, how I would love to have him here next season playing for us.
Stanley who was outstanding today wanted to have another go at scoring for us and he came mighty close shooting from the right hand side jus outside the box across the keeper and just past the left hand post.
We started to make life difficult for ourselves for a short while after this, playing around needlessly at the back with the ball and we were lucky we did not get punished for it, but that was the only thing we did wrong in this match.
Zebs got our forth and he deserved it after all the work he put into the game, deep in their box on the right hand side, he jinked and turned this way and then that way and fired an unstoppable shot past the keeper.
We want five the shouts went up and can we play you every week, not that all that many Shrewsbury fans heard it as a good number walked out of the ground when the third goal for us went in.
Well we did make it five and it was a bit of a strange own goal, the ball was in their box and it was clear Danny Stevens was not going to catch up with it as it seemed to be just rolling toward the keeper to simply pick up, when a Shrews defender stuck out a leg and directed the ball past his own keeper.
Great game, great atmosphere once we all got singing, (no drum today and it was missed early on) and a better gate of 2861.
I won’t single out any player for praise as each and everyone where just superb, nor will I mark them as they would all be getting ten out of ten if I did.
Only thing to add is the club need to sort out a decent training pitch sooner rather than later, it’s clear our pitch is suffering being used as the training pitch as well. By the way why are we watering just the end of the pitch we have to defend in the second half at half time? It was clear the pitch was soft and muddy in a few places and making it even wetter was a bit daft as a few of our players struggled to keep their feet on it. One slip at the wrong time could have been costly.
Onwards and upwards, what a great feeling it is tonight being a Torquay United fan and long may it continue.
Returning from walking the dog, this lunchtime, a solitary magpie was perched on the garage roof, it looked straight at me and cawed. Although I got my son to wear both of his lucky shirts, it was still with some trepidation that we set off to Plainmoor but fortunately, the wroe was with Shrewsbury. ;D
Before the match, Wroe came off the pitch from his warm up and received a nice sporting round of applause from the crowd. Bucks started both new loan signings up front with Robinson and Zebroski pushed out wide in a standard 4-4-2 formation. Bevan was back in goal so it was really the case of the old boys trying to show their previous clubs what they were missing!
The match started brightly for Torquay and after five minutes Tomlin was put clear through on goal and made no mistake in the one on one with the keeper, keeping his cool to calmly slot it pass their keeper. We remained in the ascendancy for the remainder of the half with some good work by all the team. There were quite a few long shots with Nicholson (twice) and Murray springing to mind that narrowly missed and could have been up there with Steven's strike last Saturday. Tomlin did get through again and the ball rebounded for Pringle who could only head over with the goal at his mercy!
The match situation got even worse for Shrewsbury just before half time when Robinson received the ball wide on the left and Grandison, running at full pelt slid in late and from behind. It looked like a red from the other end of the pitch in the family stand and the referee who had a good game agreed. Shrewsbury may also have been fortunate to get away with a few yellows prior to this with the ref having to lecture a couple of their players.
So a good first half and the question was, could we keep it up for ninety minutes as opposed to the Crewe and Stevenage matches where the foot was on the accelerator for only 45 minutes! The answer was yes and within ten minutes so good play on the left resulted in a deep cross (from Nicholson?) to Tomlin who headed it back across goal and their defender was then adjudged to have handled the ball by the linesman for a penalty. Cue old boy Jake Robinson who missed out on taking the penalty last week with Zebs prudently keeping a low profile.
A great strike into the top left hand corner gave the keeper no chance and three points suddenly looked there for the taking! This was confirmed just two minutes later with Jake cutting in from the left loosing a shot from just outside the penalty area into the bottom right hand corner. I dread to think what Graham Turner was thinking at that point but some of the Shrewsbury fans started their exodus even before the hour mark was reached.
Danny then came on for Murray to allow Jake to go up front and try for his hat-trick. It was at this point with the result of the match not in doubt that the Shrewsbury's heads just dropped and it became the case of how many would we get?
The next opportunity came from Zebs after a good passing move that got him into the area and some good jinking got him the space to shoot low from a tight angle into the corner of the net. Shrewsbury were at this point really at sixes and sevens and the ref made a poor error of judgment when Stevens put Zebs clear again but was fouled late with play stopped for the administration of a yellow card.
Mansell was doing really well at full back surging forward with the ball and getting Bevan to throw the ball out to him to counter attack with all the space opening up in front of him. Nicholson got in on the act and seemed to think he was a winger at times and even at one stage was pointing to the midfield where in the penalty area he wanted an inch perfect pass to be slotted through. Obviously this highlights how utterly dominant we were at this stage where our full backs felt able to do that!
The fifth goal came once again from a good passing move and just when I thought that's a pity as it broke down from hitting the defender's knee, I realised the keeper was wrong footed and could only watch it trickle into the corner of the goal. It was that sort of day and was up there with the 5-0 demolition of Rochdale almost a year ago. That match was the start of a five game winning run which would really put us in the mix if repeated again.
Overall, Shrewsbury were poor and I overheard one of their fans after say "we got what we deserved!" as I walked pass the away end. They had very few attempts on goal and some of their shots actually went out for a throw in! However, that is to take nothing away from a very good Torquay performance. Branston was immense at the back, even if his distribution was poor but at one stage in the first half suddenly became a winger and from one of their corners, collected the loose ball and shot up the left hand side of the pitch. ;D
Our midfield of Stanley and Pringle was dominant, particularly with Stanley and it was with some relief that he was OK after needing prolonged treatment in the first half. Tomlin is very mobile and almost has that Benyon like tenacity along with a few tricks and thought he deserved his man of the match just ahead of Robinson and Stanley. He worked well with Murray and with both Robinson and Zebroski scoring from the wings, it makes for a very potent front four. Happy days and I don't think Bury will be looking forward to playing us on Tuesday!
The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
Have to admit to enjoying this game from start to finish, can't really add a great deal more than the fine posts already made apart from:
It was a great opening goal from Tomlin after 5 minutes. Nice to see a striker with the compose to chip the ball over the 'keeper rather than blast the ball at him. Tomlin didn't look 6 foot.
Should have been 2 nil but Tomlin fired at the keeper and Robinson couldn't direct the ball towards the goal.
Why the Shrewsbury number 18 (Grandison) decided to storm in like that with a tackle from hell is beyond me. Mind you if that tackle had been committed at Anfield last week he would have escaped with nothing more than a caution. Mind you he was very poor, very poor indeed - in fact when he got sent off, some of the crowd were asking for him to stay - Shrewsbury were more of a liability with him on the pitch than without. It was a bad tackle and I can't understand why he and some of the Welsh team were complaining.
Cue chants of "You've got the worst right back in the world", which changed as each Shrewsbury player played badly. Shrewsbury couldn't shoot or pass straight if their lives depended on it..
Four second half goals witha fine penalty from Robinson and a cut inside and another bulges the onion bag. You can only assume that Robinson must have upset Turner pretty badly for him to get transfered. Zeb's who must get player of the season got the 4th via a deflection and to compound the Shrews misery an own goal for our 5th.
A quick word on Nicky Wroe. He made a few tackles in the first 10 minutes of the first half and then seemed to do what he does best, disappear. Craig Stanley is 10 times the player he is and must be signed up. Cue chants of "Nicky, Nicky what's the score" must have got on his tits, but hey ho.
Have to agree with Dave's comments of yesterday, we have to pass the ball to beat teams. Today was one of those.
Bevan 7 - not much to do, but what he did, he did well.
Nico 7 - Solid Branson 9 - Solid as a rock - SIGN HIM UP - my MOM Robertson 7 - Did well Mansell - 8 - Reliable
Robinson 8 - SIGN HIM UP Pringle 7 - Did okay Stanley - 9 - SIGN HIM UP Zebs - 8.5 - Must be player of the season (In contract for next year?)
Tomlin - 7.5 - Good composure for the first goal Murray - 7 - Decent debut
I agree Phil that Tomlin does not look six foot tall even to a short ass like me when we chatted before the game I said that due to their defenders all being well over six foot, it would be no good pumping high balls in the air up to him.
The few long high balls we did play we lost it every time, but with the ball on the floor we looked such a good quality team playing in the wrong division as surely our display was fit for the championship.