This looks like a good time to play this team coming off the back of a 0-4 midweek home thumping and ourselves winning by the same score last weekend. However, our visitors are suffering from a post play off hangover and have the players to beat any team in this league so we will need to be at our best,
Johnson was uncharacteristically frank in his pre match interview about the fitness of our players. Edwards did train on Tuesday but took another knock on the ankle, not badly but which has set him back some. Little and Hall are now very close and at least one should be back on Saturday. Whether either will start is another matter entirely as they have been out for about a month now. Niate is now training but Dickson is still out with concussion. CLE is out long term but the big question is when will Janneh be available? Also, will he be able to play in the FA Cup?
I suspect the same XI will start as from last week and hopefully they will keep those standards going, particularly with the competition for places now stepping up again. COYY
The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
Played our last minute get out of jail card today and were perhaps a little fortunate to come away with all three points. We started well, had good tempo to our game and took the lead through a superb Kalala volley strike after ten minutes. Ex United keeper Dan Lavercombe stood no chance. The rest of the half saw some entertaining hard fought football from both sides with Fylde belying their lowly league position though creating few if any clear chances though they had an effort hit the crossbar at the midway point. As has been the case on so many occasions this season Jamie Reid was fighting a losing battle on his own up top with their big defender winning virtually all of the aerial battles and many on the ground. We had nothing aerially up front though we did play some nice approach football at times with limited success. Second period we lost our shape a bit and Fylde looked dangerous after a halftime reshape and a determination to get something from the game. During this period we were hanging on a bit and the more experienced player in the Fylde side were starting to dominate our young midfield. Eventually it was a mixup between Liam Davis and Covalan that gave them a lifeline. One of many lofted balls forward behind our defence that were causing problems was headed into the path of their forward for a simple tap in. Covalan and Davis going for the same ball and both unaware of each what other were doing. Looked like Covalan should have called for the ball with Liam still thinking he was on his line but out of vision when he headed it. We went of the boil soon after and our young side were being bullied in midfield and we did look decidedly vulnerable at times though I thought both of our central defenders coped well and were on their game today. Guilty of giving the ball away so many times but always looking to unlock our opponents locks with though with little assistance from some odd linesman's and refereeing decisions that incensed the Popsside and Bristows alike. With the game drifting into a draw and the clock counting down injury time it only took one quality cross from the byline by that man and match winner Kalvin Kalala for us to, perhaps fortunately retake the lead with a Matt Buse maiden goal and gain another valuable three points. Fylde will feel hard done by and look a far better side than their position suggests just as I had predicted.
A 2-1 victory and a winner in the last minutes when we have so often been the victim of last minute goals- I'll take that THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
I thought it was a tough scrappy game today not helped by the referee who seemed to miss quite a bit. Fylde are a decent team, thought their number 11 did well but ultimately they were unable to capitalise on their set pieces and clear cut chances were at a premium. They hit the post in the first half, forced a very good save from Covolan in a one on one situation in the second but only actually scored after a poor defensive header by Davis put their striker in on goal when there was little threat at the time.
Kalala blew hot and cold today, magic at times, poor at others but took his goal very well and got the assist with Buse scoring his first goal for us with a very good header and he will be very hard to drop now. Just shows what training full time in a professional set up can do. Whitfield and Reid were a little quiet today and when they did get in good positions were blocked off or fouled which the referee let go to the frustration of the home ground.
A very good result today which keeps us in touch with the top of the table and can we keep this run going?
The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
In a strange way, I am more delighted at that win than I was at the demolition of Stockport.
Last week showed that we can pull a poor team to pieces. Lovely to watch and great fun, but we already knew we can do that.
What we have not really shown we can do is to hang on in when a match is going against us and scrap out a win against the run of play.
We did that today and I am very proud of our young team.
Two pieces of magic again from Kalvin. Wonderful technique for that screamer of a volley and an inch-perfect cross for the winner. The quality of the cross made it an easy task for anyone who could get on the end of it, but that is easier said than done. Buse had worked his socks off and must have been knackered by then, but somehow found the energy to surge into the box. Booked for the celebration, but you could hardly blame him. That goal meant a lot to the lad who is clearly relishing the opportunity to play football full-time - something that many take for granted.
Kalala's moment of genius was the difference between two decent sides in the first half, but as the second half wore on you could see exactly why Fylde were pre-season promotion favourites and we weren't. They looked bigger, stronger, more experienced - far more "the finished article" than us.
It took a silly mix-up between Davis and Covolan to gift them the equaliser, but at that point you would have bet any money on an away win.
But we did what we have seen other sides do to us and doubted we could do ourselves. We hung on in there. Then we forced our way back in to the game. Then we grabbed a last minute winner. That's the kind of grit that sees you looking up at the play-off spots rather than down at the relegation places.
Well done Torquay United.
I don’t really trust them not to build more houses and then not deliver the stadium and just sod off
Great to get a late winner in added time and do the opposite of what Eastleigh did to us the other week. Ironically, Torquay's winner came from a close range header from Buse in a match where Torquay rarely won headers all game. I thought it was a scruffy sort of game and Torquay's found it hard to get their game in any sort of proper rhythm. Fylde were well drilled, hard working and difficult to break down and had the clearer chances throughout the game. Torquay had more flair but frustratingly when we did get into decent positions the final ball or cross typically came to nothing. When Torquay did get a decent cross in typically there was no-one on the end of it. The flow of the match was not helped either by a finicky referee who often blew up for trivial pushes in defenders favour and also let some poor challenges especially from Fylde go unchallenged. Let's say his performance was inconsistent and baffling. Torquay did improve a bit in the final stages of the game but the winner in truth was unexpected, but very welcome! The crowd was a reasonable 2,440 with 37 away supporters with sponsors MOTM going to centre back Cameron.
Torquay started brightly, were camped in Fylde's half and got an early goal. It was another cracker from Kalala. A free-kick was only half cleared and Kalala volleyed first time from the edge of the box into the far top corner. In truth Torquay rarely troubled ex-Gull keeper Lavercombe for the rest of the half and we had a couple of scares. Fylde hit the post from a corner and should have buried another chance but Torquay just about managed to clear the danger. It was a very even half and once piece of quality separated the sides.
Torquay needed to raise their game but instead it was Fylde who improved after the break. Torquay were living dangerous but Fylde's equalizer was a total gift from a mix up between Davis and keeper Covolan. Davis in the penalty box headed the ball back towards the goal with Covolan stranded and on a different wavelength for Fylde just tapped the ball into an empty net. It was playground sort of football I'm afraid and I wished Davis had headed away from the goal for safety. There is no doubt Fylde deserved the goal for their pressure and goal attempts but it was the worst costly mix up I have seen for a long time. Torquay struggled to respond and Fylde looked the likeliest to score again. Covolan made a vital 1-on-1 save with his legs. Little, back from injury, replaced Vincent in central midfield and did add a more quality with his calmness in possession and accurate passing. Reid had a very quiet game and when he did have the ball once in the second half outside the box he ended up losing possession. Kalala still provided Torquay's best outlet and we did get in behind Fylde's defence better towards the end. Then just when I was settling for a point in a game where Fylde had the better chances, Buse headed in at close range from a decent cross.
The home crowd quite rightly celebrated at the end but it was a workmanlike performance and Torquay rode their luck. However, they dug in and unexpectedly ground out a win. Fylde were a difficult team to play against being well drilled and hard working and giving Torquay very little space to play their game. So credit to Torquay to win in this fashion. Apart from the gift by Davis, Torquay defended well on the whole. I think Covolan needs to be more assertive with his communication and coming for crosses. He did make a vital save when Torquay were struggling with a 1-on-1.