Post by ohtobeatplainmoor on Nov 27, 2010 17:06:20 GMT
UP FOR THE CUP!!!!
Sounded like a fantastic performance today (hard listening in the last 5 minutes though!)- £27k in the bag - and probably £10k gate money as minimum - maybe as much as £500k! I won't hold my hopes up as we'll probably draw Dover or York away but our team have done their bit! Absolutely brilliant, disappointed I couldn't be there but looking forward to the match reports.
A thoroughly deserved victory which puts us into the 3rd. round hat against the big boys. When it came to clear chances, Torquay had easily the better ones and only the heriocs of Walsall's keeper, Walker, kept them in the game. Crowd only 2,334 at a bitterly cold Plainmoor, near 300 from Walsall. It may have been a low crowd but the home support more than made up for it with their noise level. As someone who sits in the Family stand and is normally disappointed with the Pop side, today I say well done to them.
It was an absorbing game with both teams intent on attack. Walsall did shade the opening, passing the ball into dangerous areas and looking like a team in a higher division. However in the first half you could argue that Torquay had the better openings. Both keepers played well, Bevan had to be alert on a few occasions to get down low and Walker made an outstanding tip over from a Nicholson piledriver from a free-kick. Torquay's goal came from a fine run and through ball from Mansell to put Hemmings through in the penalty area. Hemmings was brought down and Kee dispatched the penalty expertly to put the Gulls 1-0 up on 41 minutes.
In the second half Torquay playing with the biting wind towards the Family stand, raised their game and gave Walsall some terrific sustained pressure. Walsall had a right battering but their keeper kept the ball out expertly on several occasions with acrobatic saves. The were times as well when Torquay played the ball around with real confidence with some great football using the width of the pitch. It was a joy to watch at times.
Torquay lost their momentum a bit and the game became more of a midfield battle. Stevens came on for the injured Hemmings on the left wing and immediately looked lively. There were some great battling performances from the whole team and Branston was doing his bit in shutting out Walsall with several timely clearances. Robertson came on for O'Kane and went to right back with Mansell switching to midfield with about 10 minutes to go. Clearly Torquay's priority was to keep the back door shut. Late on Gritton replaced Kee. In the 4 minutes of added time Torquay lived a bit dangerously but Zebroski should have finished matters when though on goal, but shot weakly at their keeper. The final whistle finally blew and great jubilant scenes at Plainmoor. Roll on the cup draw tomorrow.
A day to be really proud of our team and well done to our supporters who showed that Plainmoor CAN be impressively noisy.
boy it was cold there today,i think swangull has about summed it up right as far as i am concerned,there goalie stopped a 3 or 4 goal hammering for them,he made some exquisite saves and is playing in a division way below his skills level.I thought billy kee was excellent today,he will become a very good player for us in time,being only a teenager he will mature as a team player in the next year or so.And bevan made a couple of important saves as well,not a classic match by any stretch of the imagination,but we are in round 3 and may get a brilliant draw
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Post by harboursidegull on Nov 27, 2010 19:39:59 GMT
A great game today despite the freezing weather, Superb performances all over the park from our boys in yellow,every one put in a full shift.
It was clear the plan was to return to the passing game that has done us proud over the season and at a lot of times there was some lovely stuff played, of course we did lose our way a little bit from time to time but that is just the natural ebb and flow of footie at our level and people should bear that in mind instead of shouting "Sort it out Buckle" when both teams are struggling to get the ball down and play.
Hemmings was unfortunate to get injured and seemed upset when he came off, when he went to get changed with ice bag in hand he passed me and I shouted "well played Ashley" and he turned to me and said "thank you"
Gritts when he came on did well chasing down a lost cause down to the corner of the Popside,Danny looked his usual lively self when he was introduced.
It was a bit scary in the last 10 mins but fantastic scenes at the final whistle with Bucks and all in the dugout ecstatic in the victory.
I was stood above the tunnel in the enclosure when the players were coming in and the clear joy was plain to see and Hemmings had joined his team mates to enjoy the applause he was beaming from ear to ear, obviously he is not an uncaring Loanee of which we have had a few of in the past.
Great atmosphere and support from the Popside, Family stand and the Enclosure.
Prematch Entertainment .. well good actually at least its something and it seems like local entertaining supremo Steve Laister has been brought in to help out with this.
Goal music ... Well at the risk of being lynched ... Who Cares !!! Is it REALLY that much of a problem !
Oh and nearly forgot, listening to Five Live phone in at about 6-30 some guy called Steve called up to say he had been at our game today. he said he was an exiled Villa fan now living in the Bay, and he said it was his first time at Plainmoor this afternoon and that he totally loved every minute and said that the atmosphere and passion shown by the Gulls players and fans was better than Premiership games he had been to.
I have a sneaky feeling we are going to go a long way in this competition this year...even as far as..................
I don't think the game on Saturday is going to be like the game at Wycombe in midweek. Two reasons for that...1) because we're crap at home...2) because everyone knows how much this can mean to a club in our position, so there will be a lot of nerves out there! This game will be a hard slog with a scrappy 1:0 win!
I have to say that the atmosphere was very good today, I forgot it was only 12 quid to get in as well which was a pleasant surprise. I have to say I thought there were more that the 2,300 odd in the ground I have to say. It looked more in the region of 2,800. Perhaps it was the amount of noise generated that made me think there was more. Nice to see that plenty of kids came along today as well. It's a nice gesture from the club to make attendence so cheap for kids. It makes a father's choice to take a couple of sons a long a no brainer.
I thought it was a decent game today between a couple of teams who both wanted to win. We deserved the win despite a few hairy moments, especially when they pushed right up in the last ten minutes. But we created more chances and their keeper made exceptional saves while Bevan only really had routine ones to deal with. It might have been a different story if anyone in a Walsall shirt could provide a final ball. Their big lad upfront, Liam Dickinson, started with promise and then faded. The other lad, Will Grigg, was making his first senior start. I thought he was their best player, another Northern Ireland U21 international. He was quite clever in the way he had the ball up but by the second half Mark Ellis started to work out the best way to challenge him. But they really missed players like Jon Macken, Reuben Reid and Darren Byfield today.
But if you were a neutral today you would've thought that we were the League One club. They had a bit of extra pace and power in certain areas but we played the better football and looked far more composed on the ball. The defence was solid and assured, the midfield competed very well. The mix of Oastler, Wroe and O'Kane works nicely. Oastler holds, competes and keeps it simple. Wroe is allowed to find space and create but has a brief to make sure he puts a decent defensive shift. Then we have wee Eunan O'Kane who acts as a pivot between the lone forward and the midfield, but (and credit PB) he also works very hard and harries opposition defenders and defensive midfielders when he hasn't got the ball.
Hemmings had a another good day at the office. His attitude appears to be spot on. Zebs was a bit off the boil at times. Kee did well too. Nowhere near as mobile as Benyon but he holds the ball up well provided the service is a bit more precise. But he does take a good penalty.
Nice to see some attempt being made to provide some pre-match entertainment, also good to see John Turner as the half time guest and Dean Edwards talking Yam-Yam which probably bemused our guests from Walsall.
I also experienced a football first today. Their centre half Butler blew me a kiss after I politely reminded him that big centre halves shouldn't roll around on the floor like a big girl's blouse.
Let's hope for a decent tie in the draw now. Arsenal or Man U away? Everton would be nice as well.
I got to hear the last half an hour of the game on the way home in my car. It sure was a nerve racking end to the match by the sounds of it and the way the commentators were going on about the quality players Walsall have in their side, I feared we would concede a late goal.
Guy Branston was sure having plenty of praise heaped on him and I got the feeling all our players did a fine job and we were worthy winners in the end. Paul Buckle seems to be a bit of an expert where cup runs are concerned and the club sure can do with the extra money such runs bring.
It was good to hear the home fans made plenty of noise and the guy on the radio said they really were the 12th man during the second half. Close to Christmas( remember those good ladies like to be taken shopping on a Saturday afternoon) and a bitterly cold afternoon played a part in the rather low gate.
While the club would have liked to have seen a gate of 3000+ the prize money more than makes up for the low gate and being in the 3rd round we are going to get another payday from the cup.
In a perfect world we would get that big club that would put the sort of money into the bank the club really needs. But the world is not perfect and we never seem to get those plum draws, but hey, we have to get one someday surely?
I’m sure Paul Buckle would just be happy to get a team we do stand a chance of beating. The club may well feel the same as it would be another chance to collect the prize money and still be in the hat for the next round and yet another payday.
I don't normally do a match report for home games as I'm usually not home and sorted before several have already been posted, however I am sitting through the x-factor so I need something to do while this dross is on.
First of all, pretty much the coldest I’ve ever been at a game. I had to scrape snow off the car before we left and the temperature barely made it above zero all day. I even had a Bovril before kick off, boy I had forgotten how good that stuff is, proper football drink.
Overall, not the prettiest match you will ever see but no doubt in my mind we fully deserved the win.
Attendance around 2330 of which 300 were away fans, which once again leaves a core of 2000 home supporters. Quite what the club has to do to attract more supporters is beyond me. That said, the pop side hasn’t been so packed all season.
My only gripe, which could turn into full on rant tomorrow depending on the draw, is that 2000 will turn into 10,000 who want tickets if we draw Man Utd at home. I appreciate that as a season ticket holder I will have first choice, but if there are 1000 season ticket holders then 1000 there today deserve the chance to be first in line for a ticket. The club needs to start thinking of a scheme to recognise those who, whilst not season ticket holders, go every week. I also appreciate that it would have been wrong to give vouchers out today, as we would have looked a bit presumptuous. But possibly some scheme where ALL home games stamped in a book or something, after all don’t the big clubs have some scheme like that? Those that go more often get priority. We have reached the 3rd round in 5 of the last 6 years so if we keep that record going it’s going to happen again.
We lined up 4-5-1 as we have done for the last few games. The only change being Kee up front replacing Benyon and Macklin back from suspension joining the bench. We won the toss and chose to kick towards the away end first half, into a stiff cold breeze.
Both teams started brightly in the first half and one move in particular after about 10 minutes from us could have seen us open the scoring with a classy goal. Hemmings played a quick ball into Nicholson who then played an exquisite ball back to Hemmings (that 1-2 taking 3 Walsall guys out of play).Hemmings they whipped over a beauty of a cross which Kee just failed to get on the end of. On the other had Walsall’s best opening of the first half was when one of their guys was allowed to run into the box and with only Bevan to beat he stabbed his hot about 6 yards wide. An atrocious miss and probably explains why they are struggling as they didn’t really look like scoring all afternoon. This also prompted our fans to sing “you’re shit and you know you are” only to be met by them singing “we’re shit and we know we are”. Nice touch.
The build up to our goal was great. Movement off the ball meant that midfield opened up and Mansell intercepted a pass deep inside our own half, surged forward virtually unchallenged to about 25 yards out where he then laid a ball off to Hemmings who was in the box with his back to goal, he turned towards the goal and went down. I need to see it on TV later to be convinced it was a stonewall penalty, however as I seemed to be in the minority I will say it was a penalty, but who cares anyway. Kee grabbed the ball straight away and no one made any attempt to grab it off him. The keeper, who made a c*ck out of himself all day, tried to waste as much time as possible discussing with the referee where he should stand etc. Kee unfazed by his theatrics stepped up and blasted the ball to the keepers top left and although he went the right way he was nowhere near it. With a minute to go before half time people always say it’s a good time to score, although I would say any time is a good time to score.
We dominated the first 20 minutes after halftime and our pressure deserved a goal, or two. Their keeper (who is still a c*ck) pulled off 3 superb saves, 1 in the first half from Zebs whose shot was a bit weak, then in the second half he tipped a Nicholson free kick around the post and then saved another effort from Zebs.
Then for some reason we dropped deeper and they gained the upper hand for the last 20 minutes. You would hope that with them pressing and us adopting 4-5-1 that we could catch them on the break but it didn’t happen. Walsall huffed and puffed but I standby my earlier statement that they didn’t really look like scoring, yes Bevan had 4 or 5 shots to save, but to be honest they were all straightforward.
We made all 3 substitutions; Stevens on for the lively Hemmings who was injured, Robertson on for O’kane, tactical as Robbo went to right back and Manse back into midfield and finally Gritton for Kee.
Gritton had a good run down the line right at the end before slipping a great pass inside to Zebs, but he hit a weak shot when he had the opportunity to kill the game off.
I have mentioned their keeper, Walker was his name but as someone else said that L should be an N. Although he kept his team in it he also remonstrated with the ref and linesman ALL afternoon, sometimes going all the way up to the half way line to have a whinge.
The last 10 minutes dragged, as did the 4 minutes of injury time, but you could see what it meant to the players, from both sides, when the final whistle went. Our players were overjoyed whilst they looked really dejected.
They may have had as many shots as we did but the difference was that ours brought good save from Wa*ker, whilst theirs were saved comfortably by Bevs.
Having made the 3rd round 5 times out of 6 now surely we deserve one of the big boys, PLEASE.
My view on the players;
Bevan; Did everything asked of him, to be fair he probably made it look easier than it really was. Still think he is carrying an injury as he rarely kicked the ball out of his hands, although he did get down well a couple of times.
Mansell; Steady at right back but still prefer him in midfield. Fantastic run to set up the penalty.
Branston; A rock in defence. Lost count of the headers he won.
Ellis; Same as Branston really, they worked well together today.
Nicholson; Two great free kicks that the keeper did well to save. Also a couple of corners were right on the money.
Hemmings; The more I see him the more impressed I am. Great trickery, not even sure he knows which way he is going, let alone the defenders. Great that he is staying until the end of the season.
Zebroski; A bit quieter than usual but still a good game. Had a couple of half chances that could have eased the pressure, as a second goal at any stage would have killed the game.
Wroe; Steady game.
Oastler; Someone else will have to say how he played because I really can’t recall either way. It was about 10 minutes to go when he won a header that I realised he was playing.
Kee; I thought he had a good game, he holds the ball up well. Stronger than Benyon but doesn’t look as potent in the box. GREAT penalty.
Stevens, Roberston, Gritton weren’t on long enough to really warrant much comment.
As for picking a Man on the Match, I have no idea???
Pre match entertainment was different. Bucks asked in his post match interview if fans could make a suggestion for future pre match entertainment, he could do worse than put a call into Gary Barlow and see if take that are available, not sure anyone would be against that would they?
"My only gripe, which could turn into full on rant tomorrow depending on the draw, is that 2000 will turn into 10,000 who want tickets if we draw Man Utd at home. I appreciate that as a season ticket holder I will have first choice, but if there are 1000 season ticket holders then 1000 there today deserve the chance to be first in line for a ticket. The club needs to start thinking of a scheme to recognise those who, whilst not season ticket holders, go every week. I also appreciate that it would have been wrong to give vouchers out today, as we would have looked a bit presumptuous. But possibly some scheme where ALL home games stamped in a book or something, after all don’t the big clubs have some scheme like that? Those that go more often get priority. We have reached the 3rd round in 5 of the last 6 years so if we keep that record going it’s going to happen again."
I was thinking about emailing the club on this one as they have asked for thoughts and inputs.
One idea I'd like to bounce around before said email.
The 50/50 draw tickets could they be used to give a priority in some way? I'm aware that you don't have to attend the match to purchase the draw tickets but most who do buy attend. That way everybody wins the club financially and esp the winner that week. All it would take is a different colour ticket for cup matches and nobodys presumptuous.
The chap on 606, Steve, gave exactly the reasons why anyone coming to live in the Bay from 'foreign fields' (was he from Birmingham?)* should come along and support the Gulls. He gave the best advert of the game and the atmosphere possible and maybe others who heard it may think about popping along for a game at Plainmoor.
Just loved it when he said it was the best fun & atmosphere he'd been involved in at a match, and that included many Premiership games he'd attended as a Villa fan, and how much better it was than the sterility now prevalant in the top division.
The clip can be downloaded at ('Steve in Devon' comes in about a third of the way in after the FC United chat and part of the Robert Pires debate):