Post by ohtobeatplainmoor on Apr 2, 2011 14:57:25 GMT
Dreadful first half, mainly due to dogged timewasting by Lincoln and a shocking performance from the moron with the whistle. I think Lincoln have clearly taken the approach to make the game as scrapped as possible until they can wheel-on Grimes at 0-0 with 15 minutes to go. Still, at least the sprinklers are on!
3 points to the TORQUAY 3 points to the TORQUAY 3points to the TORQUAY oh by the way 3 points to the TORQUAY just in case you didnt know ha ha ha ha,you beauty,great day great result............WOO HOO................simon
Post by ohtobeatplainmoor on Apr 2, 2011 17:23:16 GMT
Bucks was correct in his post-match talk - Lincoln wasted time from the off and the decision to book Stanley was a joke - no consistency as to whether the ref would apply the letter of the law or let the game move. More on that later when I ghetto a computer!
Anyway, 2-0 to the good guys but as I heard a Lincoln fan after the game, if Hutchison could have got his leg to the ball as it was static on the goal line then maybe they would have won. Some good performances, some below par ones, but the playerthat I take my hat of to is Tomlin. Nothing came-off for him for most of the match - he was having a stinker bit he kept working and despite seemingly learning toblerone-shaped boots he finished so well having held-off the two defenders breathing down his neck. That's what typified the team spirit in the squad.
Thought Tomlin had a good game some things worked some didn't but his first touch is usually pretty good and he showed he can finish well with what was a chance much easier to balls up. Zebs though was outstanding today and gave us the lift when we needed it most. Also agree it could have been a completely different story if the chance they had mid way second half had gone in( how it didn't I'll never know)we may have struggled to get back in the game but the substitutions made a difference today with Danny and Eunan running at defenders at every opportunity really switched us on in the last half hour, Jake was a disappointment today . Referee was appalling first half tetchy and unwilling to let the game flow and looking a right idiot at times one incident when it took two minutes for a free kick by their keeper in his goal area because he kept placing the ball a meter further up the pitch from where the linesman was flagging. Pathetic and unnecessary as were the bookings of Stanley and Robertson. Definitely looked a bit rusty today but we got there in the end though and deserved the points for effort even if we didn't produce our usual flowing brand of football lets hope we have saved it for the tough run in.
My education started when I left Highweek School for boys..
. Some good performances, some below par ones, but the playerthat I take my hat of to is Tomlin. Nothing came-off for him for most of the match - he was having a stinker bit he kept working and despite seemingly learning toblerone-shaped boots he finished so well having held-off the two defenders breathing down his neck. That's what typified the team spirit in the squad.
I will say it before someone else on here does
I also thought he was having a mare and I thought (and told Stuart, Jon and Chelston) that he should have been taken off instead of Robinson (who was equally poor by the way). But hey what do I know, so as usual Mr Buckle knows best.
After the midweek results took us down to 9th, destiny is now in our hands(regardless if accrington win on tuesday). We have effectively 4 points on Rotherham(superior goal diff). Port vale is now going to be massive, but equally so is Bradford, interesting to see that they have lost 8 at home already this season. Job done today, 6 cup finals to go. Wonder what Benyon is thinking??
great result today,strange how we see a game differently petef,tomlin took his goal well but i thought he was below par other than that,he gave away the ball a lot and didnt put in decisive challenges,it was a a cracking goal though and if he can produce that in the last few games i would take it.First half was quite poor,lincoln offered nothing other than two speculative shots from carayol who went off injured shortly after,we had the possesion but no end product.Second half we upped the tempo,PBs substituitions worked and we got two cracking goals which were thoroughly deserved.Zebroski was outstanding today,he fought for every ball and deserved his goal and man of the match award.A word on the ref,god we seem to have a season of idiot officials and williamson ranked amongst them,he gave dire decisions and was thoroughly third rate,his inconsistency would of been noticed by a blind and death man,he booked stanley for taking a shot after the whistle blew,but later on a lincoln player did exactly the same thing with no punishment,we lose stanley for two games now which is going too hurt.And finally had the displeasure to sit next to some thingy who talked through the whole 90 minutes and half time break about anything but football,he drove all and sundry around the bend,otherwise an excellent result for us,lets hope it continues,lots of twists and turns yet i think,but we wouldnt expect anything else following the gulls would we?
what a person is told is not half as important as what they think they have been told
In the end we won by 2 quality taken goals by Zebroski and Tomlin, both goals coming from the same source, Stanley. Torquay were the superior team for most of the match but we had to wait 74 minutes for the breakthrough. Sponsors MOTM deservedly going to Zebroski who looked our main threat throughout the match. Crowd 2,751, officially 153 from Lincoln and you have to say that even at 0-0, the home crowd often tried the rouse the team. Much of the chanting today from all 3 home sides was impressive I thought.
The first half was quite frustrating. Torquay started off positively but less than 10 minutes gone Carayol, who had a few boos from the home fans, went off injured for Lincoln. Torquay's momentum got lost the longer the first half went on and there were lots of stoppages which suited Lincoln and their keeper took an age to take their kicks at times. The ref was very finicky and booked Torquay players for very minor offences, especially for Stanley who hardly kicked the ball away for supposedly timewasting. Zebroski was our best threat and after good work by Tomlin, Zebroski's shot was saved and our rebounds were blocked. Robinson was wasteful when he had good shooting positions, on one such occasion shooting into the side netting when he should have pulled the ball across goal to waiting attackers. Lincoln rarely threatened but Robertson did a great headed clearance off the line to save a goal. On the stroke of half-time, Zebroski nearly scored again, however after beating their keeper the ball cannoned off a defender on the line and went into the hands of their keeper, Parish. In the first half Kee came on for Murray, I don't know if he was injured?
Torquay had a really good spell in the second half with the home crowd trying to urge the team on with some impressive chanting, including a drummer in the Pop side. Torquay brought on O'Kane for Lathrope and later Stevens for Robinson who was disappointing today. O'Kane nearly scored with his first touch with a low drive from outside the box, and Kipper had to stretch to parry the ball away. However Lincoln finally threatened and had a good 5-10 minute spell. They should have scored from close range and their players were already celebrating yet somehow Bevan saved from point blank range.
A goalless draw was strarting to look on the cards and Torquay were no longer threatening. Yet out-of-the-blue a threaded ball from Stanley put Zebroski clear just outside the penalty box. He rounded the keeper and at quite a tight angle fired the ball into the back of the net with a defender trying to cover. Relief, Torquay finally had broken the dead-lock! Zebroski nearly scored again from a decent passing move but this time hit the foot of the post. Then Stanley put Tomlin through in a similiar way to Zebroski earlier, and Tomlin cooly planted the ball into the back of the net after a little shuffle with his feet.
So 2-0 in the end from 2 really well made goals from Stanley and expertly dispatched. Torquay had looked the superior team for virtually the entire match and finally their extra class told. These are exciting times and what a credit to everyone at the club how well the season has progressed. To think after losing Benyon and Wroe we might struggle at the wrong end again. Well the reverse has happened and Buckle has done a quite remarkable job considering his limited budget. It is also good to see a strong looking bench today with players who could come on a make a difference.
dont know if of you have listened to bucks interview after todays game,he seems very confident that we wont be deducted any points this week,expecting a fine,hope thats the case at this crucial stage of the season.............simon
First of all many many apologies for not making the Carvery. I did drop Rob a PM but it was probably after he had left. In mitigation Katie was able to finish work at 2.20, so I waited for her before we set off for the game.
For my sins I thought I best write some notes on today’s game,(although I guess there must have been some Karma as I lost my first draft when my computer crashed). I think they call it winning ugly and it’s supposed to be a good sign if you can win when you don’t play well, but I’d be worried if we play like that again before the end of the season. A deserved 3 points against a poor Lincoln side who tried their best to strangle the life out of the game as they appeared to line up in a 4-5-1 formation . We played far too much hoof ball, lacked shape early on and failed to retain possession for long enough, in other words we appeared to stoop to their level.
A hair raising, and barely legal, dash to Plainmoor saw us arrive about 7 minutes into the game (wish it had been the 70th minute in all honesty), just in time to see Carayol sat on his arse and a minute later being substituted. So not much of a return for him.
As soon as we took up our position on the pop side Branston knocked a header back across goal and was unfortunate that it didn’t go in or at least have someone there to tap it in. A goal at the stage would have seen a completely different game I would have thought and for the better.
The first half was pretty dire to be honest, for several reasons; 1. Our players were under par. 2. The pitch was not so good. Bumpy and Bobbly and maybe the grass was a bit too long. It was quite rightly well watered at half time. 3. And the main reason, the referee, who was unbelievably poor. I’m so glad we won or else it would have sounded like sour grapes, however as poor a ref as you will see this season.
The only half chances in the first half fell to Robinson who shot from a narrow angle when a cross was probably a better option and a couple to Zebroski which the keeper saved, one of them rather fortuitously.
About half an hour in and Buckle changed things around, with the very quiet Murray being replaced by Kee, which I felt was tactical as Murray didn’t appear injured, though I could be wrong.
Strangest incident of the first half was when they were given a free kick about a yard from the bye line but their keeper wanting to take it as if it was a goal kick. The ref kept telling him to take it back but he just moved it sideways, even though the ref kept telling him the keeper just took the p1ss. A farcical event that wasted the best part of 2 minutes yet didn’t even warrant a yellow card from the ref even though he dished out a few other dodgy ones.
Their keeper wasted several minutes in the first half just by piss balling around when taking his goal kicks, another thing the ref could have done something about but chose not to. However, he who laughs last and all that saw him running to take the kicks when they went behind.
Half time couldn’t have come quick enough as we questioned why we raced to get to the ground as quick as we could. But missing the first bit and the dire first half paled into insignificance as we switched ends at half time and saw the paramedics surrounding an old gentlemen on the steps. Lets all hope it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as it looked.
The start of the second half saw a slight improvement but we were still lumping it forward, playing with no width, not keeping enough possession and we didn’t look that dangerous in attack. Once again credit to Paul Buckle for changing it around again. Around the hour mark he made 2 substitutions within 5 minutes and both made a difference, O’kane for Lathrope who was guilty on several occasions of giving the ball away cheaply and then Stevens for Robinson who was also not having a good game, although I did feel it would have been better to take Tomlin off and stick Robinson up front, however as I said in an earlier post what do I know !!
The substitutions changed the game, within seconds O’Kane intercepted a pass beat a player and got a shot in and then a couple of minutes later went on a mazy run and although his shot was off target at least we started to look more threatening.
Then out of the blue they had a chance at the other end and only a fantastic save from Bevan kept us in the game, still not sure how he managed to keep it out and hope that it is on tonight’s highlights.
A couple of minutes later a sublime through ball, worth the admission alone, saw Zebs through one on one with the keeper who committed himself to coming out of the box, Zebs rounded him and made it look easy as he struck it in from about 10 yards. A very well taken goal and the breakthrough that we needed, and deserved.
Very shortly after Zebs was once again played in behind their defence and struck a sweet shot that had the keeper beaten but struck the inside of the post and rebounded across the goal.
The game was over when another fantastic through ball from Stanley saw Tomlin put through, most will say it was a dummy but to me it looked like the ball got stuck under his feet, however another good finish from him saw us put the game well out of reach.
Now onto the ref. I thought there was supposed to be a campaign for everyone to respect referees more, well this buffoon will have set that back some way as quite honestly I could have lumped him way before half time. I felt as if we were at the game to provide a crowd just for him. Some bizarre decisions and unable to let the game flow at all he seemed to make it all about him. As mentioned by someone else, it was done with a smirk on his face. The booking of Robertson was ridiculous and we can be thankful that he didn’t book Zebs or Branners as that could have impacted the rest of our season.
A below par performance from many, the only notable performances were from Zebs who was rightly named MoM, Stanley who wasn’t far behind him, Bevan for that save alone and Stevens and O’Kane when they came on.
Overall, a fully deserved 3 points against a poor Lincoln side but we didn’t play well for long periods of the game. I would hope for, and expect, a better performance next week against Bradford when you would hope that they would be a bit more attacking seeing as they are at home. We can then exploit them as we play better against sides which play more openly, hence why we have such a good record against the better teams in this division and not such a good record against the lower teams who settle for a draw early doors.
Once again our destination is in our own hands, all we have to do is win all of our remaining games and go up automatically.
A well deserved victory today where man of the match Zebs could have had his hat trick today if those two shots had gone in off the post. Fortunately, two late goals after Bevan had pulled off a save from what seemed like a certain goal from only Lincoln's second shot on target was enough to ensure another three points.
The first Lincoln shot came from early in the match when Muzzy received the ball on the right wing and shot from near the corner of the area but fortunately on the ground and straight at Bevan. Shortly after he went on a foray on the left wing amidst Boos from the home support but Mansell managed to shepherd the ball out for a goal kick. Muzzy then walked back to near the half way line before sitting down and ending up going off for an injury. Whether it was for the boos or his hamstring, I don't know but with Ashley Grimes on the bench there were now more teeth left in a ninety year woman than the Lincoln attack. ;D
The ref was not too impressive and dealt out two harsh yellow cards, one for Stanley shooting after the whistle had just gone (and it was very early on!) and the other for Robertson trying to hook the ball up the wing but catching a charging McCallum in the chest with there being no intent and his foot not being that high.
It was a low key first half. Tomlin did lose his man to get into the area and set up Zebroski but his shot was well saved. The Lincoln defence did make an error to allow Murray to get in behind them but he seemed to spend too much time on the ball and was dispossessed by the covered defence before being substituted shortly thereafter by a rejuvenated Kee fresh from his championship winning match on Tuesday. Towards the end of the half, our main threat, Zebroski managed to get past his man on the right wing with his shot coming back off the far post into the relieved goalie's hands.
In the second half I thought we started with more intent and purpose with Robinson shooting into the side netting and Kee seeing his shot going just wide. When Lathrope hit a stray pass beyond Kee and out of play, Bucks again rather ruthlessly, or used this as a catalyst to substitute him for O'Kane who almost scored again from his first touch with a shot from the edge of the area, across the keeper that was only just tipped around the post. Robinson had a quiet game and again Buckle was not afraid to get Danny on to try and take on a tiring defence.
Just when I thought that I could sniff that first goal coming, Lincoln had their best spell of the match with Torquay struggling to gain any possession. It was during this period that they were able to get clear on the left and the cross seemed unmissable with the dreaded away fan's cheer cut short and Bevan diving on top of the ball.
This seemed to wake the team up and Stanley was able to deliver an inch perfect pass between the defence and the keeper for Zebroski to reach the ball first and take the ball past him to the right with a strong finish to beat a narrowing angle and a covering defender. Shortly after, he was away again but his shot hit the base of the near post before cannoning across the goal and to safety. I was really impressed with Zebroski and once again ran from start to finish and gives great defensive cover as well as being the main offensive threat!
Tomlin's goal was well taken and like his first, was a cool finish and had the strength to hold off the defenders and to plant the ball into the back of the net. It would have been a travesty if we had not won today and this allowed everyone to give a collective sign of relief and enjoy the last ten minutes of the match and to cap a great afternoon off.
The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.