Matty Orton – @MattyOrton1
Matty discusses talking points from the draw at Wrexham
Would we really want what Wrexham have? I mean really?
This is a strange one for me. As I collected my ticket from the busy club shop the guy behind me had turned up on the day and asked for three tickets, the response he got may as well have been Nessa from Gavin and Stacey saying “sling ya hook or I’ll break ya arm”. None were available on the day.
Meanwhile, as a very nice Welsh lady sorted through the envelopes to find the tickets I had pre-paid for, a young(ish) couple next to me gingerly placed down a whole load of Wrexham ‘merch’ and kit on the counter and slowly took out a bank card. It would be wrong for me to assume they’d never been to a Football match before, but, from their sheepish manner and appearance and I would confidently bet that they had never been to a football match before.
This got me thinking about what had happened to the likes of Salford. When Neville and Co. went in there they vowed they would take anyone who was already at the club with them on ‘the journey’. Barbara ‘Babs’ Gaskell was serving greasy baps in a shack, and although she is still in catering at the club, she is now serving her time instead, in sleek corporate facilities. On another occasion the chap behind me, who I briefly exchanged some football knowledge with, would have walked in at the turnstile unhindered at 2:55pm. Although what Neville, and in this case Reynold’s, is doing isn’t necessarily wrong, it’s arguably sucking the soul out of what makes the club it is, and the reasons why those people want to be there along with it. Discuss.
Dealing with Mullin
Dom’s pre match talking point about dealing with Mullin never came to fruition. The striker’s case of mistaken identity was brought to attention after Tuesday night’s game and the red card that was issued to the wrong player was rightly over-turned in time for Saturday. Mullin consequently spent the afternoon sat like a naughty boy between Reynolds and McElhenney. I can only imagine what awkward conversations took place as the owners watched on in a sort of crazed and naive, North American up-beat manner, whilst Mullin had to explain to them what a ‘sheep shagger’ was and why the Wrexham fans were singing it about themselves. The fact is we didn’t have to deal with Mullin in the end. If we had done then we could be looking at a different result. Wrexham lacked any real dangerous threat or intent in attack and you never really felt like gritting your teeth too much when they came forward. Equally neither did we as we struggled to get our front men into the game.
Subs and loan players making an impact
Rumours of Byron Moore began circulating earlier in the week and Argyle fans had started singing his praises to us. As it turned out he’d been training with us for two weeks and when it was finally revealed he’d signed it came to many as a pleasant surprise. General expectation amongst Plymouth fans was that he’d sign for a League club, or certainly a higher level. Although, National League being stronger than League 2 seems to be the way to go these days. Nonetheless he’s a Gull, and when he came on you could sense he had thoroughbred in him and had recently plied his trade at a higher level. In addition the welcome return of Alex Addai and Tom Lapslie enabled Sinclair Armstrong to come into the game a bit more, and all of a sudden it felt like we’d made four substitutions instead of three. Keep these boys fit, and our next run of games could see us return a number of healthy points.