TT TALKING POINTS
Thomas Kelly – @Tommyktufc
Thomas discusses talking points from the game versus Argyle
1 – IT’S STILL PRE-SEASON, LET’S NOT GET OURSELVES DOWN
To lose to your local rivals is always disappointing, but let’s look at the context of the result.
Plymouth are in their final week of pre-season and are therefore quite a few weeks ahead of us in the pre-season schedule. This was our first real test and it was always going to be a difficult game in that regard.
Plymouth (whether we like it or not) are two divisions above us and the likelihood was that they would beat us anyway. I think we gave them a decent game all things considered and can count ourselves unfortunate not to score at least once. Ultimately, we weren’t clinical in front of goal and a very solid and organised Argyle side made us pay the price. I think they will be in contention for a play-off spot in what is a very completive division and I’m sure Gary will view today’s game as a very useful exercise.
2 – THE LOSS OF OMAR HURT US/LEWIS STEPPING UP
I think it goes without saying that the key moment of todays game was the injury to Ali Omar. For 40 minutes, I thought he had a good game at the back, making life tough for the Argyle strikers. Of course, our curse of injuries to key players wasn’t too far away and for what hopefully was more of a precaution than anything serious, Argyle capitalised with two quick fire goals just before half time against a make-shift Gulls defence. The result I feel slightly flattered the visitors in that respect, because up until Omar’s injury, there wasn’t a lot between both sides. I like Omar, he’ll give you 110% and yes there will be the odd mistake from time to time, but I think playing under Gary Johnson will make him a better footballer as we go on.
Another player who deserves praise is Joe Lewis. We all know how good a defender he is and the defender was my MOTM from a Torquay perspective. He impresses me game after game and like Omar keeping him match fit will be a key element of how successful we could be for this season. He seemed to be everywhere at the back.
3 – WE STILL NEED NUMBERS TO BOOST THE SQUAD
Leading on from Omar’s injury, I think we are still quite a few players short of what we need before the season starts. I’m sure Gary is on the case anyway and will look towards the loan market/free transfers before the real fun and games begin. As he said in his post-match interview, “We are still building our squad” which suggests that more players will be coming in in the coming weeks. Recent history tells us that we tend to have a smaller squad than most clubs in the National League and it only takes a few knocks for us to look short in a few areas. Still, looking at point one of the article, it’s still pre-season and we have games to play to get ourselves match fit and ready for the new season. Believe in Gary and all that!
4 – ADAM RANDELL LOOKS BETTER IN YELLOW (AND IS ONE HELL OF A FOOTBALLER)
We all know how good Adam Randell is. Our young player of the year last season, stepping back onto the Plainmoor pitch in white and green was somewhat sad to see. I think he looks much better in Yellow myself! That said, it’s good to see players progress up the football pyramid and I’m glad he is getting his chance in League One next season. He deserves a crack at it. I definitely think he could be playing minimum Championship football in the next few years. He had a great game, pinging balls left, right and centre with ease. Don’t let his size fool you, he’s a big miss for us and will take some replacing. Hey Argyle? I think he needs another year with us for his development!!
5 – WE WILL GET BETTER
The National League season doesn’t kick off until the 21st August. We’ve still got quite a few pre-season games to come between now and then. It bears repeating that we are behind most clubs in terms of our pre-season schedule after our extended run in the play-offs. Pre-season is all about getting match fitness up to the required standards and allowing players to gel. You don’t win or lose points in pre-season. I say enjoy being back at Plainmoor and at football grounds again, catch up with your friends and family and enjoy watching a game of football to wet your appetite before the real action kicks off in a few weeks time. We will get better, and let’s face it results matter little in pre-season.
6 – HOW NICE TO SEE THE FANS BACK
No more empty stadiums, no more bans on away fans, no more being away from your friends/family. Although I wasn’t there in person, it was just nice to see people back inside football stadiums again. Long may it continue and bring on King’s Lynn away!!!
Up the Gulls!! – Thomas