The TT Match Verdict: Yeovil Town 6-2 TUFC, 26th Dec 19

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Sam Druiff – @samdruiff

Summary:

Torquay United suffered a seventh straight league loss at the hand of high flyers Yeovil Town on a soaking wet afternoon at Huish Park. 6-2 flattered United, Yeovil were ruthless against one of the worst United backlines I have ever seen.

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A makeshift back four of Ben Wynter, Asa Hall, Robbie Cundy and Kyle Cameron were undone within three minutes. A free kick was awarded for a very questionable handball , and ended up at the feet of Hippolyte to fire past the helpless MacDonald. It took only two minutes for the hosts to double their lead, Skendi finding the net from a corner. Fast forward eight minutes and Duffus scored the first of his hat trick, heading home past MacDonald.

On the half hour mark it look as though United had given themselves a fighting chance as Asa Hall scored from a seemingly impossible angle from a Lloyd James free kick. The rest of the first half was backs to the wall as Yeovil had a succession of corners that they didn’t do anything with.

Going into the break, it was 3-1 and United needed a huge swing of momentum if they were to salvage anything from the wreckage. A double change of Aaron Nemane and Kalvin Kalala for Matt Buse and Jake Andrews did little to improve the proceedings.

On 61 minutes after a spell of mediocre football from United, Duffers scored his second. Kalala sustained a nasty injury and made way for Ruairi Keating. Despite a brief moment of brilliance, he struggled to pull Torquay out of the mess.

Town brought on journeyman Chris Dagnall, and as we all suspected, he was amongst the goals in no time. He picked up a loose ball to score past MacDonald with ease.

Three minutes before the end, Duffus secured a hat trick. 6-1 to Yeovil.

One shining light was in stoppage time, Whitfield finished off a good ball from Wynter to provide Torquay with a consolation.

A little shy of 1000 Torquay fans were drenched as we witnessed a horror show.

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Player Ratings:

Shaun MacDonald – 3: He was massively let down by his back four today. He did make a couple of smart saves, but conceding six goals is inexcusable. Not good enough.
Ben Wynter – 2 – Worst I have ever seen from Ben. Usually our most consistent player but he gifted Yeovil with about three goals today. His one saving grace was the assist late on.
Asa Hall – 3: Out of position, but was playing with a very poor back line. When he got forward Asa seemed to look likely to create something. Did well with his goal, but a disappointing showing from the skipper.
Robbie Cundy – 1: Just not good enough for this level I’m afraid. Panics, can’t head, can’t tackle.
Kyle Cameron – 1: Worst I’ve seen from Kyle as well. I think Kyle could be out of his depth. Maybe with an experienced head next to him there could be a player in there but even when we win, we don’t keep clean sheets. He’s the only player who plays every week, and I think it’s time he took some responsibility.
Ben Whitfield – 6: Ben can keep his head held high after today, never stopped working, was feeding off scraps all day and managed a goal.
Lloyd James – 1: Looked great against Aldershot and I thought we’d found the answer. Unfortunately, he was atrocious today, was largely at fault for one of the last goals. His passing was well off.
Matt Buse – 2: Unfortunately, I think Matt is out of his depth. In a team doing well he can get away with his very limited ability but he’s been found out recently. There just isn’t enough to his game and for a club looking to return to the football league, we need far better.
Jake Andrews – 2: Not sure why he came off really, not fit enough? Played ok, didn’t contribute anything of note. Worth putting at left back until a replacement is brought in.
Connor Lemonheigh-Evans – 3: Connor is a shadow of the player he was last season. He looked weak today and I wonder if we’re trying to accommodate him?
Jared Lewington – 5: Jared worked his cojones off today, only United player to seem to win anything in the air. With a strike partner he will come good.
Subs:
KLK – NA: Looks like he has a nasty injury.
Nemane – 1: Just leave. Waste of a squad number.
Keating – 5: Actually looked to beat a player, was lively, and to be frank he actually gives a f***, something I’m not sure many do.

Man of the Match: Ben Whitfield

Whitfield takes this one. I think he’s one of a few who looked OK for the entire game today. He was far from perfect, but had sheer effort and a will to drive forward despite receiving nothing from the midfield. Linked up a couple of times with Lewington in the second half.

Tactics:

What f*cking tactics? Makeshift back four who didn’t have a clue who was where or what was what. A midfield that didn’t create anything and allowed a ruthless Yeovil to attack our back four. Subs were poor, Nemane just isn’t good enough, and Keating is a player who has the potential to make a difference but can’t get a look in.

Opposition:

Smelt blood and went for the kill. Thoroughly good value for their win. That’s how you win promotion, you punish teams for setting up poorly. A strong back four, and more than one recognised goal scorer.

The Officials:

Oh Sammy Sammy Sammy, what are we going to do with you? I’m not going to speak too much about him as that might flatter the players that put on a United shirt but seriously, give up mate, how you are a trained referee beats me.

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Key Moment:

Hard to pick, but I’ll say half time subs. I don’t know why Aaron Nemane got the nod ahead of Keating? I’ve already said it so I won’t dwell, but Ruairi loves this club and plays for the shirt. I don’t have an issue with KLK coming on as we all know his ability but was he fit?

Player Spotlight:

None. Just want to say hats off to anyone that stuck it out in the rain.

Conclusion:

Where do we go from here? Either the squad needs a clear out or there must be a change. I’m not advocating for Johnson out, he certainly has my trust, but I really question the mentality of our squad. We have too many passengers. January will be a key month; players must be moved on. It’s the same squad but a different team. But, as I always say, keep the faith.

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2 thoughts on “The TT Match Verdict: Yeovil Town 6-2 TUFC, 26th Dec 19

  1. As a Yeovil fan, I think you are discovering GJ limitations. He’s brilliant at taking a struggling side from scratch and building them up. However, when it starts to go wrong he literally has no idea what to do. He then takes it out on the players, with us it was with Paddy Madden, our top striker. GJ dropped him at a time we were crying out for goals, all because of some behind the scenes fall out. Watching Johnson’s interviewsyesterday after the game was a complete throwback at how he was when all went pear shaped for him at Yeovil.

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  2. Bazzer Well ….Saturday tomorrow and Woking !!! OMG As has been said many times over the past few weeks KEATING must start alongside Lewington God knows what the defensive line up will be I don;t know not sure GJ or AD do either Maybe recall Dickson from Truro Who knows !!!

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