[glow=red,2,300]Wroe has improved SO SO much [/glow]since we first saw him. What a key player he is quickly becoming.
Have to disagree. "super" nicky wroe has always been a good player. Now that buckle has finally deceided to play football instead of hoofball, you are seeing his passing and movement ability - and he's started to score goals too. The only thing he's better at now is that he can actually tackle! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
barnsleygull, that Is the key point, that we are now playing football, a game better suited to the likes Of Wroe. I have always believed Its no good a manager wanting to play a style he may like, If he does not have the players to do that.
it Is better to try and play the game to suit the players strengths, how many goals would have A. Williams scored for us, If we had played a game suited to what he was able to do best.
We were happy to see footballers sign for us this season, Its only lately we have played football that Is suited to those who can play with the ball at their feet. The question Is why did we not do that from the first whistle Of the season.
Well that was as comprehensive and easy an away win as one is ever likely to see.....................it could have been double or even treble the goal tally, and the home team never looked like getting even one in reply!
Just as they did last Sunday, the lads roared out of the blocks and attained the upper hand from the first whistle. It just got to become a bit of a disappointment as the first half wore on that we weren't putting the chances away...................AND (just like last season) Liam Daish seemed to have the lino in front of him on a piece of string. Stood behind him, arms folded; up would go Daish's arm and lo and behold up would follow that of the lino!
The match programme was full of repeated pleas to "make some noise", any noise; so desperate are they for their Plastic Army of Geeks to create an atmosphere. They could only sit, stand and watch in open mouthed admiration as the visitors stretched their side this way and that with crisp inter passing and full use of the flanks.
When at last Nicky Wroe DID score it was only after a shocking miss when with only the keeper to beat he managed to find Thommo via the right hand post and then turn the ball into an empty net from his teammate's "here have another go" cross.
Within ten minutes of the second half starting it was all over as a contest when a beautiful flowing move ended with Wayne Carlisle shoving the ball over the goal line from some twelve yards out and under no pressure whatsoever.
The biggest challenge there after seemed to be who from either side could hoof a clearance out of the Stad de Rust the furthest and my award for artistic impression goes to Steve Woods for seemingly getting one on the deck of a passing container ship bound for Rotterdam ("Rolf, be a good chap and fetch that ball back ;D)
United looked and played like a side that just doesn't know how to get beaten and can't even remember when they did, whilst 'Fleet looked and clearly ARE a side with their confidence shot to bits after four defeats on the spin now and who obviously can't recall their last victory.
The last thing they needed today was us turning up and lording it over them, pulling them from pillar to post and making them chase shadows; but that's what they got...................and they got it big time!
Post by David Graham's Eighth Pint on Oct 18, 2008 21:26:09 GMT
After a detour to my brother's in Maidstone to watch the ManYoo game, I'm home to reflect on today's match. While cruising down the M23, something hit me. I've got a feeling this is the first time I've EVER been to two Torquay games on the back-to-back. I may be wrong, but I need to work it out.
So, Ebbsfleet United. Tin shed stands, uncovered away terrace, 80s rock music on the tannoy and portacabin toilets.
This. Is. Football. And I love it.
To be honest, it wasn't the best game of football I've ever seen, but we performed and came away with three points.
We started very, VERY well and we could have scored twice inside the opening ten minutes. Firstly, Carlisle received a smart pass from Sills and was free on goal cutting in from the right. His second touch was rather baffling as it took him wide and he had no choice but to cut it back for the return pass. It evaded everyone and the Fleet defence cleared.
Minutes later, a very similar move ended with a better touch from Carlisle and his attempt well saved by the Fleet keeper ("Fleeper"?).
Not a lot happened for the next 20 minutes or so. There was a lot of berating of the linesman who, to be fair, was probably correct on about five out of his six offside decisions. When a free-kick was knocked too long by Nicholson, Hargreaves - who had stretched to keep it in - turned and screamed: "JESUS!" Cue the obvious long hair jokes, but it was a very humorous moment.
The goal came five minutes before half-time. It was quite strange as I was stood at the burger van. I was watching the game as I queued and Fleet had a corner. I ordered my food, turned back and suddenly Wroe was one-on-one with the keeper! He slipped it round him and agonisingly came back off the post. Thompson was on hand though and he calmly slotted it back to Wroe who made no mistake with the second attempt.
The second half, I have to say, was dire. There really wasn't a lot to talk about except one awesome passing move which resulted in a wonderful second goal. Sills showed some skills down the left (yes, you read that right!) before slipping the ball into Thompson. The number 12 looked up and with a deft flick of the right boot, played it into Carlisle. The winger swung a leg at it, dummied the defender, onto his left and calmly passed it into the bottom corner. Cool as you like. It reminded me of that goal that England scored against Holland at Euro'96. Outstanding.
As for our support, they announced that there was 253 of us there, though it looked a lot more. We struggled to create an atmosphere, but that was due to the open away terrace. I don't really understand the "Where's your 30,000 fans?" chant and the berating of the linesman got a bit tedious but overall it was a good turnout.
One guy made me laugh though. A Fleet player got hit by a tackle that would have knocked over Mike Tyson and he screamed "Get up you pussy, it's a man's game!" Minutes later, Sills takes a stumble after being hit by a feather and the same bloke goes mental at the ref! It made me smile anyway.
Two pleasing things to come out of this game. Firstly - and I cannot stress this enough - we defended exceptionally well today. [cliche] When Toddy comes back, Buckle is going to have a very welcome decision headache. [/cliche]
Secondly, just like last week at Rushden, when we passed the ball around, we looked like Champions. And if we continue to play the way I've witnessed in the past two weeks, we will be Champions.
In the event, I didn't take the kids today..................they got caught up in the usual weekend socialising that goes on in our gaff and were tired out little troublemakers this morning!
Despite advertising seating for a £2 transfer from the terraces, I was prevented from sitting because "I wasn't a senior citizen/ I wasn't disabled".................so in other words, any full paying visiting fan can no longer sit and watch their team at the Stade de Rust When I pointed out the lunacy and plain injustice of this policy, I was told that "anyway, all the seats were full" - a blatant lie..................there were scores of empty ones. Having pointed out that my attitude "was aggressive" I was then invited to come back once the game had started and they would see if I could be found a seat.
Needless to say I told them to shove their seats where the sun don't shine!
Thanks anyway to Romford Kev for taking up the matter in a "more relaxed " manner than I had on my behalf and should we ever have to dirty ourselves in that shite hole again I'll remember to don my flat cap and do the bastards for a fiver and go in through the OAP entrance...................and THEN claim me seat - OFFICIOUS WNACKERS!
On a brighter note, the neighbouring Plough has a new landlord of only three weeks and the pub is now clean, well furnished with big settees and largest screened telly one could ask for!
This is becoming a very impressive run of results, achieved against good opposition. Well done to the players, PB and the coaching staff for turning things round. Long, long way to go and this season is already proving to be so different to last with teams beating each other. But without being over confident I seem to have lost that "we`ll blow it today" thought, which I had last year when we played big games. Soon entering what could be a telling period Nov- Jan. The cups are upon us which may stretch some clubs like Kettering, as we found last season when we started running out of gas after christmas. For our part, although there are no easy games, we`ll be up against some "easier" teams. So theres the pressure of the old banana skin. We`ve beaten some big fish can we grind out wins against the so called smaller clubs? Can`t wait for the Mansfield game (not one of the smaller clubs, before anyone says anything) family reunion and as luck would have it a home game.
What an enjoyable way that was to spend a Saturday afternoon - even the programme seller said we'd win. Highlights of the afternoon were seeing Wayne give the number 3 a really hard physical battle and win it but also see Robertson hit a 50yd cross field ball to D'Sane's feet.
Only now got a chance to post about Saturday's game after a busy weekend. Managed to squeeze the game in between shopping in the morning and a birthday party in the evening.
Arrived into Northfleet later than planned by train. A short walk down the road and we were into the ground. Comments made by merse about the ground and area were spot on. We didn't hang around after the match!!
The game itself was ok, but never that entertaining. At times we looked really good, playing it to feet, putting together passes and controlling the game. Much better stuff since the last time I saw the team play when the ball spend most of the time orbiting other planets!!! Although having said that there was one moment in the second half when the ball went over the stand so far I found it in my front garden when I got home.
Ebbsfleet never really looked like scoring with Bevan having very little to do. I'm sure he fumbled the ball in the second half on purpose to make things more interesting. That bloke really is huge and like Poke you feel confident that he's commanding his area. Is he carrying a niggling injury?? At times he didn't seem to be moving 100% freely??
I thought that Woods was superb. A bit of humble pie here for me as I've often said that he shouldn't be in the starting 11. On Saturday he was more often than not in the right place at the right time to make the interception/tackle/clearance. Hargreaves did what Hargreaves does best. Always battling away and winning plenty in the air. The Jesus moment was brilliant ... Nico's cross wasn't!! Also both Carlisle and Dsane impressed me at times.
As already mentioned the linesman in the first half got no end of stick from the away end. I no doubt joined in at times, but on reflection he couldn't have raised his flag incorrectly that many times for offside could he??
Overall another 3 points in the bag and we move further up the table. We're on a brilliant run at the moment. It's now down to Buckle and the team to keep the momentum going. Saturdays performance has restored my faith that we'll be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.