Match – Sheffield Wednesday 2-2 Torquay United
Competition – League One
Venue – Hillsborough
Attendance – 21,526
Leroy Rosenior’s United team were earning plaudits in League One for their brand of passing football. Unfortunately being “easy on the eye” had not translated to points, and Torquay travelled up to Sheffield in desperate need of a result to help in the fight against relegation.
Recent results had not been good with the previous match against Bristol City at Plainmoor ending 4-0 to the away team, with Leroy Lita tearing the United defence to shreds. Out of the team went Phillips, Constantine and Kuffour, replaced by Woodman, Bedeau and Brown.
The changes seemed to have the desired effect as the Gulls started the match very well in front of a big Hillsborough crowd – one of the biggest crowd’s Torquay had performed in front of for many years.
Bedeau and Akinfenwa were finding a surprising amount of space and it was those two who combined to put United ahead. Bedeau’s accurate cross found big Aki in the box, and the striker finished smartly past Gallacher in the Wednesday goal.
Then soon after the break the lead was doubled. Alex Russell’s floated free-kick was glanced home by Steve Woods, who had made a habit of scoring goals under Rosenior. The travelling Yellow Army were in dreamland, whilst the twenty thousand home supporters were silenced!
Unfortunately the home team (who were pushing for promotion) would not lie down and urged on by manager Paul Sturrock found a way back into the game. Their first goal came from a neat volley by Lee Bullen. There was a hint of offside, but the official’s flag was unmoved
Then six minutes later on the hour mark an equaliser. Graham Barrett headed in from a corner, and suddenly there only looked like one winner. United defended admirably however, and gained a valuable (and deserved) point in the end – with a Quinn shot cleared off the line at the death.
Torquay United XI:
Marriott, Woodman, Canoville, Taylor, Woods, Russell, Garner, Brown, Hill, Bedeau, Akinfenwa
GOALS: Akinfenwa (25), Woods (49)
SUBS: Constantine (79), Phillips (84), Villis (90)
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ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE TORQUAY UNITED OFFICIAL PROGRAMME 2015-16