Can we start January again please?! Two games and two losses since my last column and both defeats deserved. I have to admit I was impressed by Woking. They played with much more swagger and confidence than you expect of a team near the bottom of the table. Our below par performance certainly aided them, but credit where it’s due. Meanwhile we could have snatched a point from Maidstone, but it wasn’t to be.
That man Brett came on and made a difference last weekend, a super goal but then a disappointing penalty saved. “Typical Torquay” my wife said, and unfortunately I had to agree! The fans are clamouring for him to start (I include myself in this!), but it’s the manager who picks the team. He sees the guys in training most days, whilst we only glimpse them on a match-day; so we have to trust his choices.
Kevin was critical of the defence after the Maidstone game. I am no expert in the art of defence, but ‘pushing up’ and ‘pressing the opposition’ are generally trademarks of a solid back four. I’ve seen the defence back-tracking far too often this season; the boys have to be braver in the faces of the opposition and simply get in their faces!
I have faced some stick and banter from work-mates recently, especially with our form this month. It’s bad enough seeing us lose without coming into work and Exeter City fans telling me we’re doomed financially, and they’ll be in League One for next season. Other guys support non-local teams, and show sympathy and pity for me. I’m sure most of you have experienced plenty of that in recent times!
On a positive note (I like to finish on a high!), the return of Geoff Harrop to the club gives Nico (and everybody else) a welcome helping hand. Geoff is a local guy and knows United well from his previous time at the club. His experience and know-how will hopefully be valuable in boosting us behind the scenes. After all way too much has fallen on Kevin’s shoulders since he took charge, and he needs to concentrate on football matters to get us out of this slump.
A pat of the back to Gateshead supporters who attend today, it’s a long, long old journey – something our travelling ‘Yellow Army’ are accustomed to. I hope you have safe journeys here and back, decent beers and good food; but just not the three points. We need them more thank you very much!
Come on you yellows!
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