Sam Druiff – @samdruiff
Going into the game, I was so excited. For the first time this season I was so confident and even before the game Gary Johnson was rallying up the Popside. Woking started much the better side and showed why they were top of the table. Jamie Sendles-White and Kyle Cameron were far from convincing, playing in a back four for the first time this season.
The first goal came from a questionable free kick, conceded on the edge of the Gulls area. The subsequent deflected effort beat Bass to put The Cards in front. Torquay managed to create a few chances but Reid and Keating just couldn’t quite link up. Woking, searching for a second, found it when a mix up at the back between Sendles-White and Cameron saw the prolific Jake Hyde curl a beautiful shot into the corner to double Woking’s lead. This prompted Johnson to make a brave double change before the break, bringing on Saikou Janneh and the returning Connor Lemonheigh-Evans for Regis and Keating.
The second half saw the changes make an impact, as Lemonheigh-Evans dictated the play and reminded us what he can offer. United were on top all half and kept knocking on the Woking’s door. Saikou Janneh proved a nuisance, getting into brilliant positions and making runs that we haven’t seen in a long time. Unfortunately he spooned a couple of really good chances but he looked very promising. It wasn’t until the 79th minute that Jamie Reid, put through by Brett Williams, turned brilliantly and finished to bring United back into the game. A fired up crowd were getting behind the team pushing for a second goal, and late on, Reid, set up by Janneh, finished excellently to level it up.
Torquay kept growing in confidence throughout the ninety. I believe had Gary Johnson been appointed a month ago, we’d have won that. There’s still a lot to work on, and there’s a very long way to go. However, exciting times lie ahead for Gulls fans… we’re on our way back…
Bass – 7 – Did what he could, somewhat unlucky with the free kick, and was then beaten by a brilliant Jake Hyde finish.
Wynter – 4 – Just don’t rate him. Struggles defensively, and offers little going forward.
Sendles-White – 6 – In a back four with a new defensive partner, and arguably at fault for the second goal. Showed signs of quality and certainly has potential.
Cameron – 6.5 – The better of the two. I’m a big fan of Kyle, for a young centre back; he is very assured and leads the back line well. The player I wanted McGinty to be.
Davis – 6.5 – Linked up well with Janneh in the second half. Fairly faultless throughout but didn’t particularly stand out.
Edwards – 6.5 – Much like Davis, didn’t do much wrong but didn’t set the world alight. Struggled to build on his game against Lymington.
Regis – 4 – Poor. I haven’t rated him from day one. I’m glad Johnson pulled him off early on, just doesn’t look up to it.
Hall – 7 – Thought the captain was solid. I know he isn’t perfect, but Asa leads the team well and drove the team forward. The right man to be wearing the armband. I do think that because of who he is and with his experience, he is an easy player to criticise.
Andrews – 6 – Much like Opi Edwards really, didn’t do anything wrong but never looked like creating a proper chance. Disappointed really.
Keating – 5 – Unlucky yesterday. Didn’t ‘deserve’ to get taken off early but as Johnson said, he was playing with Reid against a Woking back line who weren’t letting them through, so a wise change but unfortunate for Ruairi.
Reid – 8 – Brilliant. Worked hard all afternoon, and deserved both goals.
Janneh – 8 – Did everything but score. The runs he made were excellent and he got into some brilliant positions. He’ll score one and go on a scoring run from there. An exciting young player.
Lemonheigh-Evans – 8 – Changed the game. I was a big fan of his when he was here last season, and I’m delighted he’s back. He dropped into the deep lying playmaker role, and everything good came through him. Reminded me of when we first had Luke young.
Williams – 6 – Set up Reid’s first, and looked ok. Spooned a volley horrifically wide at 2-2 which was daft.
Man of the Match:
Jamie Reid was my man of the match, a rare agree with the sponsor’s choice! Worked so hard and scored two to seal a point. I thought his second was his best goal he’s scored. Both the finish and the work to open up the space to take the shot on. I really hope he can push on under Johnson, hell, he even clapped the Popside after the game!
Connor Lemonheigh-Evans was absolutely brilliant after coming on. Surprised we have him really, quite clearly a league player. Like I’ve said already, he was the driving force in the second half.
FOUR FOUR TWO! I have missed you! I think Johnson needs to stick to the 442 formation, it left gaps at the back but that will come good I think. I’d much rather start Koue-Niate though, I think him, and Kyle Cameron are our best centre backs.
Woking looked brilliant in the first half, and with some of the players lining up for them you can see they will be there or there abouts come May. Kane Ferdinand and Jake Hyde were excellent. Having said that, when Reid got his first, I think they knew another was coming. And like I’ve said, if Johnson was appointed a month ago, we’d have been too good for them.
Not much to say; went unnoticed for the most part. Probably a cheap free kick he gave Woking that led to their first.
The double change before half time. Brave, but justified. Both of the players who came on really changed the game. It’s management like that that will see us get back into contention.
I love a scapegoat, and this week it’s Chris Regis. Is he a holding player? Is he an attacking player? I think of all the central players we have, Regis is the worst.
I’ll say it again, but we are a work in progress. Give Johnson time and he will get us challenging again. We saw the good, the bad and the ugly yesterday!
View from Bristow’s
A good old ‘game of two halves’. I say good because we salvaged a point, after a loss looked on the Cards for much of the afternoon. The side appeared depressingly Owers-like in the first half (lacking in most departments, wellying the ball out of play etc), but with a sprinkling of quality from the subs and an improved 2nd half intensity we were well worth at least a draw. Reidy brought the goals and deserves the plaudits – his second especially was a lovely cool finish, whilst Janneh was all youthful exuberance alongside him (if not finishing touches). The noise and excitement from the Yellow Army towards the end was a joy to behold, now time to push up this league.. Dom