THE TT VERDICT: United 2-3 Sutton 25th Feb 17

Summary: Its a miserable wet and windy afternoon at Plainmoor, as we fail to capitalise on an outfield player in Sutton’s goal (you couldn’t make it up could you!), and end up losing our composure and concentration in a depressing second half. Sutton have more skill and know-how, taking home the three points and putting us on the cusp of another relegation battle…

Player ratings (out of 10):

Moore 5  Hodgkiss 6  Anderson 6 McGinty 6  Rowe-Turner 5

Lathrope 4  Young 7  Sparkes 5  Verma 4 Reid 7

Williams 6

Subs:  Harrad 4  Chaney 5  Keating N/A

Goals: 

1 – Luke Young lets fly from over 35 yards and the bouncing ball beats the injured goalkeeper to give United the lead.

2 – A hooked ball forward from Hodgkiss falls nicely for Brett Williams to touch home past the sub goalie from 6 yards out.

Man of the match: Luke Young: There are very few contenders, but Luke as always tries to make things happen in midfield and of course gets on the scoresheet. Apart from that Reid is lively, but spends too much time in his own half chasing back.

Tactics: Same as Barrow with 3 in midfield and Verma trying to support Williams this time, but failing to have any impact on proceedings. Reid is unsuited to the wing, whilst Sparkes has one of his quietest 90 minutes. Long balls rule again and no target man to get them!

Key moment: 48″ – United let in an equaliser only a minute after scoring. The defence are too deep and a header loops past Brendan. Sutton grab control of the game, and get the sniff of 3 points.

Player spotlight: Damon Lathrope. Injury prone Damon is looking far too statuesque in midfield; he picks a booking up early and then frequently gives the ball away. The knocks seem to have taken their tole on Lathrope and its debatable whether Nico will or should stick with him on this form.

Final Whistle Conclusions:

1 – We Need a TARGET MAN! Blissett has still not been replaced, and we are not clever enough to play through teams. Wheres the investment GI??

2 – Reid is not a winger, and Crichlow must be worth a go to stretch teams on the right.

3 – There are so few leaders in the team, who is shouting? NOBODY!

4 – Need the boys to bounce back quick; the players have to toughen up fast and take responsibility. Every match is a big one now; where’s that great escape mentality?!

Up Next: Away to Solihull 28 Feb

DOMINIC ROMAN – Grumpy TT Editor!

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I simply live and breathe Football and have supported Torquay United since 1989. I am a season ticket holder on Bristows and a Trust member. I set up TorquayTalk in 2017 to give true supporters a voice and honest opinions on their club.

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