TT TALKING POINTS – NOTTS COUNTY (A) by Craig Underhill

TT TALKING POINTS

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Craig Underhill – @CraigUnder

Craig discusses talking points from the draw at Meadow Lane

This game was definitely one of the first fixtures that I’m sure many United fans were looking out for when they were released in July and I don’t think that many of us were too unhappy walking away from Meadow Lane yesterday or after checking the full-time scores! Luckily enough for me, there was plenty to talk about…

Tactical talk

We started the game using a 4-4-2 formation with one change from the terrible game against Altrincham with Johnson – (Chiori that is) – coming in for Rogers, and whilst Notts hit the post and Halstead was forced into a decent close range save, United were on top early, using a high press to force Notts into basic mistakes. Notts soon clocked onto this and instead of trying to pass to feet, they were going over the press to Wootton directly who was able to comfortably deal with Omar. This resulted in Omar bringing down Wootton on the edge of the box, and receiving his marching orders from the referee.

Holman was replaced by Martin to create a new back-line – Moxey moving into the vacant CB position and Dan playing at LB. It was now a case of trying to come away from the game with something and once we went ahead with a brilliant Wright header (and some poor defending), the remainder of the game was more conservative, as we soaked up pressure from Notts, which we did exceptionally both before and after their goal. A much improved performance from the dross that was served to us at the Plainmoor last week.

Omar’s early bath

Now, the moment that changed the game. With Notts now playing over the press and Wootton having Omar in his pocket, it was only a matter of time before County benefited, and unfortunately for Omar it came when he was in a 1v1 situation with Wootton and was deemed to have fouled him 6 yards from the Torquay box, and given a red card for his troubles. In both mine, and 629 other United fans views, Omar clearly got the ball, but this was not the view of the man in black. Thus after 24 minutes, United were down to 10.

GJ Shit-housing masterclass

When a team is a goal ahead and a man down, you don’t expect them to go all-out attack and push players forward, instead you expect them to slow the game down, go down with cramp for a breather and frustrate the opposition players – this is even greater once the game is level, and as you can see from this amazing tweet from a County fan, United did this to perfection…

HEYYYYYY KYLE CAMERON

Unluckily for Kyle Cameron, he wasn’t able to score against United and perform the Cristiano Ronaldo celebration in arguably his biggest game of the season, and it must be said, he was pretty dire on Saturday. The high press from United forced him into several mistakes and rather showed that whilst GJ was unhappy with him going to Notts, after that performance the NL is about his level after all. He might now be taking a break from Twitter!

A quick word on Nemane who came on at half time, and again wasn’t anything special. He made a few decent direct runs and got a couple of low crosses into the box, but the fantastic Martin had him covered comfortably. Which brings me onto this…

Dan Martin

Martin had a fantastic debut after he came on in the 28th minute to replace Holman. His defending is brilliant and this was shown in his duel with Nemane in the second half (I hope he emptied Aaron from his pocket at full time). Also going forward he did well, especially when he went on a long run down the left near the end of the game to take the pressure off of the team for a minute or so.

I think that the Omar sending off might be a blessing in disguise for him, as it’s likely that Moxey will fill the vacant CB spot against Woking, which would allow Martin to come in at LB, where I am sure he will again impress. We may have another young gem on our hands…

Best till last – The fans

I wanted to end the blog post with a mention to the fantastic 630 (not 360) United fans who made the trip to Meadow Lane and never stopped singing – giving Cameron the reception he was asking for and the constant encouragement to the Gulls players, who have said themselves they were carried along by the amazing Yellow Army.

The Torquay United away following is one of the best in the country, let alone the National League, plenty more away days to cheer on the yellows to victory.

Bring on the Woking! – Craig

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