TT TALKING POINTS
Dom Roman – @DomRoman
Who needs a cup run anyway? (insert crying emoji). Having seen what Havant could do at Plainmoor, the warning signs were there for Wednesday night, but they wern’t heeded. Under the cosh for much of the game and skulking out in the 4th qualifying round means the Yellows air is decidely glum. But with football there’s always a chance around the corner to change this…that takes me neatly to Pre-Match Talking Points – King’s Lynn (h):
A BIG GAME
Every game is a big one isn’t it? But after a few losses and with morale low amongst the Yellow Army, we really need something very positive at Plainmoor. With a lot of free tickets given away for the commendable Community Day, a large crowd is ensured and maybe a livelier atmosphere will spur the lads on to better. More fans equals more pressure to deliver a performance that will keep them coming back (as mentioned by Gary Johnson) and no excuses, even on our current run we really should be beating King’s Lynn at home (no offence to the Norfolk team). A reaction to that Cup debacle is required, show us what you’re made of lads.
THE NEW BOYS
How do we stop this rut becoming a full blown crisis? Well no pressure but we need these new signings to make a positive impact. It’s tough to expect Harry Perritt to have the same quality as Sam Sherring, who was frankly amazing last season, but if the Accrington youngster can slot in and help stiffen the defence, then that would be a huge help. United are shipping goals in left, right and centre…however in Joe Lewis we have a potentially excellent centre back who needs a strong partner, let’s hope we’ve found him. Meanwhile upfront Sinclair Armstrong comes in with great praise from Gary Johnson on his character and maturity, which I assume means he’ll start against King’s Lynn. To come in and immediately catch fire may be asking too much, but if Sinclair can ruffle defenders with his power and pace, it will make us a more difficult proposition. Good luck to both!
Some whispers of ‘Gary Johnson Out’ this week? Hey there’s been mistakes made and we’re on a bad run, but let’s not get silly. The gaffer has grown in frustration by the week, but remains determined to get things right. He’s made two signings in two positions that needed attention, and will hope to add to that in the coming weeks, so that should help. In the meantime the gaffer has done so much since is arrival, pushing us to the brink of promotion back to the Football League, and whilst entering the 2021 summer post season late and losing so many players has been tough to bounce back from, he’s more than capable of getting us back on track. With his experience and wisdon, he’s still the right man for Torquay United, no question.
Losing Tom Lapslie last weekend was a blow to us, as the midfield became increasingly soft and Havant exploited the space available without the little terrier to chase them down. Without Asa Hall either, the squad lacks battlers and ball winners in midfield, something we missed even more in the replay as Havant walked all over us. Whether either return at Plainmoor this weekend is a mystery, but if they both miss out, the likes of Little, CLE, Johnson and Andrews have to do more to take charge of that midfield. Connor especially is due a cracking game (about time we saw more of the 2020-21 Lemon), whilst Jake Andrews is regaining fitness and can be a game changer on his return. Add to that the skills of Armani Little and the quality is there, no doubt about it.
THE CURRENT SQUAD
Gary Johnson was blunt this week, saying he would like 10 new signings! This is the push to get more out of the current crop, the push to say ‘show me what’s you’ve got, before it’s too late’. Do those tactics work with younger players these days? It’s debatable. The proof will be in the pudding I suppose. I see promise in players like Keelan O’Connell, Klaidi Lolos and Gabby Rogers, whilst the likes of Chiori Johnson and Tom Lapslie are triers, but none of the new signings have done enough so far to replace the outgoing ones. A number of them would suit a few months sat on the subs bench honing their trade to be honest, however that’s not where we are at. Mucking through the nettles and somehow finding a winning combination, over to you GJ.
Get behind the gaffer and the lads – we can make a difference.
COYY – Dom