THE TT VERDICT: Wrexham 1-1 Torquay United – 25th Mar 2017

Summary:

A battling performance from Torquay that affirmed a commitment to fight on in our latest flirtation with relegation. We could have won that game comfortably with some clinical finishing,  no fewer than three golden opportunities were squandered; opportunities that in our position we simply have to take. Wrexham could argue the same, though I don’t think it’s debatable that the yellows were on top today and can justifiably head back to south Devon disappointed not to have all three points.

Player ratings (out of 10):

Moore 6

Gallifuoco 6 Anderson 6 McGinty 5 Rowe-Turner 7

Lathrope 6 Young 8 Verma 6

Keating 6 Harrard 6 Sparkes 5

Subs:  Reid 8 Williams 6 Lee N/A

Man of the match:

There’s a high chance that if we had a notable move today that Luke Young was the orchestrator of it. He picked out countless passes, and as he so often does completely dictated the pace of the game. His performance was enjoyable to watch and he’s a nuisance to control for any team at this level. His bursting run won us the penalty and all in all contributed more than his share today. Lathaniel Rowe-Turner and Jamie Reid can also take great credit from their respective performances.

Tactics:

Our ever increasingly utilised 4-3-3 was on show again today. We’re still exposed on the wings and I feel like our inability to name out and out wingers has hampered us a lot this season. Gallifuoco stepped in at right back and performed admirably. Nicholson named himself on the bench, symbolic of just how detrimentally thin our squad remains.

Key moment:

46″ – I’ve been watching football my entire life and I’m struggling to recall a worse decision than Peter Wright’s to award Wrexham that penalty. Lower league journey man Izale McLeod should be embarrassed tonight. There was absolutely no contact and he clearly controlled the ball with his hand as he received it. Both of those alone should have prevented it, but Mr Wright took his decision (from 20 yards away) and despite strong protests stuck by his choice. The body language of both teams in the following thirty seconds, told you everything you needed to know about that call. Shocking.

Player spotlight:

Jamie Reid: It’s not always been easy for Jamie this campaign but he was absolutely fantastic today and the composure he showed to despatch our penalty was commendable. He scrapped and battled up front and he’s actually a lot more athletic than his figure suggests. He showed great strength and pace – and deserved his goal.

Opposition Opinion:

I’m struggling to pin-point an individual that stood out for Wrexham – collectively they were just bang average. The goalkeeper Dunn, pulled off some smart saves but his kicking was appalling. It is worth remembering they have very little to play for at this point and I think that transpired in the performance today.

Away Fans Perspective:

The Racecourse Ground is a traditional stadium that offers an enjoyable experience with plenty of character. I absolutely love the Kop terrace behind one of the goals, though as it’s stood empty for my three previous visits I’m concluding that it’s not fit for purpose these days. I imagine in days gone by the atmosphere there was exceptional with a capacity for at least a few thousand! A crowd of over 3,300 impressed me, and Wrexham like us, belong in the football league I believe. The atmosphere was flat, but Wrexham’s performance didn’t really help that. All in all, a pleasant visit to north Wales.

Luke Hunter – TT Contributor

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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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