THE TT VERDICT: Torquay United 0-0 Tranmere Rovers 14th Mar 17

Summary:

Bhoyed by the win at the weekend the boys play with more purpose and tempo against a good Rovers team, and get a deserved point in a game of few chances. It’s a fair result in the end, as Tranmere are frustrated by our determination and their lack of quality in the final third. It might even have been better for us, if a spectacular left footer from Damon had dropped in! Meanwhile in the stands we appreciate the lads commitment and hard endeavour, especially after the dismal Guiseley defeat.

Player Ratings:

Moore 7

Hodgkiss 6  McGinty 8  Anderson 7 Rowe-Turner 6

Verma 6  Young  7.5  Lathrope 7

Sparkes 6  Harrad 5  Williams 6

Subs: Reid 6  Keating 6  Gallifuoco 7

Man of the Match:

Sean McGinty. Its a toss-up between Luke and Sean, but the big defender edges it for me this time. He handles their strikers well and keeps things simple at the back, plus also comes close to scoring in the first half. A more composed performance from the centre back (with the odd trademark whack forward of course!).

Tactics:

We are narrow again with Damon, Luke and Aman muscling up in midfield. It does work at times, but the lack of width is telling as well in both attack and in defending Tranmere’s marauding wing backs. The passing through the midfield has to be sharper to make this more effective and score goals.

The Opposition:

Rovers are anchored superbly by the ‘grizzled veteran’ McNulty, and attack with pace down the flanks through full-backs/wing-backs Vaughan and Ridehalgh. Thankfully for us their final crosses and shots lack accuracy, and its a surprise that Norwood is only used as a sub. He looked very dangerous on arrival, and they will be disappointed with only a point.

Key Moment:

44″ – Just before half-time a Rovers set piece is punched up in the air wildly by Moore, and the ensuing panic sees a shot cleared straight back up by McGinty. The ball looks to be falling under the bar, and Brendan does very well to claim it. Cue a big sigh of relief on Bristow’s!

Player Spotlight:

Lathaniel Rowe-Turner: LRT has a fairly typical LRT game! There are moments when he loses concentration and lets his opposite number get the better of him, BUT there are also moments when he defends stoutly and makes some excellent blocks. He is a frustrating man to watch and needs constant cajoling from McGinty to keep him on his toes.

The Final Whistle:

The players and Nico can be fairly content with the performance. With a little bit of luck something may have fallen for us, and it would have been a glorious 3 points. The boys have to show the same levels of commitment and attitude going forward; if they do that then I believe we’ll be ok.

Up Next:

Eastleigh @ Plainmoor 21st March 2017 – a very presentable chance for 3 points!

Dominic – 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.

2 thoughts on “THE TT VERDICT: Torquay United 0-0 Tranmere Rovers 14th Mar 17

  1. A very succinct and accurate reporting of the match Dominic. Quite agree with the comments on Rowe Turner
    and the narrowness of our formation. Also with the player scores, although might have given Hodgkiss an extra
    point or two, as both full backs were exposed and he did cover a lot of ground and mostly defended effectively.
    It was particularly encouraging to some tempo and movement from our team, enabling some simple first touch
    passing through the midfield to keep possession and momentum. This also meant players were in a position to
    often close Tranmere players down in their own half….hooray! Enjoyed the match!

    Liked by 1 person

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