The Opposition View - Torquay
Following yesterday's 3-1 defeat at home to Torquay United, here are some views on the game from the Gulls' manager Paul Buckle and a few of their fans.
Buckle was over the moon.
"That was some performance," he said. "I thought we were absolutely outstanding. We fell behind to a sucker punch but credit to the players they didn't let it get them down. We kept passing the ball - it was the best I've seen us pass it - we stuck at it, we moved the ball very well and we got ourselves back in the game and I thought there was only going to be one winner. We could have scored a hatful tonight."
"Gary Waddock summed it up," said Buckle. "He was the first to come over and congratulate me and he said my team was outstanding, and it was. We were up against a good side, above us in the league, and you look at the stadium, it's a wonderful stadium, it's set for league one, but on that evidence my team is now able to compete with clubs of this size and that does make me immensely proud."
The Torquay fans thought their team were great and Wycombe were dire.
The following extracts are taken from Torquay Fans.com, Torquay Fans Forum and Football Forums.
'Outstanding. Could have had 6 or 7 and it would have been a fairer reflection. Wycombe were truly awful. Their efforts to chase the game were strange to say the least. Aimless long balls which were mopped up easily or back-passes! Nicky Bull had an affinity for playing short balls, and most of the time he chose to play them to Dave Winfield - a centre half with the turning circle of an Ocean liner and distribution that makes Lee Andrews look like Franz Beckenbauer. Wycombe's messing around at the back only resulted in wave after wave of Gulls attack. Their fans might as well have not bothered coming, as they were without doubt the quietest bunch I've ever heard (or not heard).'
'Wycombe's defending was shocking for most of the night in all honesty.'
Chow Mein wrote:
'Wow, what a truly brilliant performance to silence a highly vocal Wycombe crowd (ha ha ha ha ha)......it was like being in a bloody morgue. We could've had 7 or 8 and Wycombe looked completely lost due to our quick, sharp passing that ripped their defence apart TIME and TIME again!!! What impressed me was the clear effort our players were giving. As for Wycombe......Dave Winfield was bloody awful!!!'
'What a truly awesome performance!!!! Everyone played their part in a fantastic result tonight, but I would give the man of the match award to Nicky Wroe. Good turn out of Gulls fans on a cold damp night. But nothing could dampen the sheer joy of seeing Wycombe ripped apart by a truly outstanding Torquay side. Don't be fooled by the score - we created chance after chance and always looked like walking away with all three points.'
'Wycombe have spent loads assembling that squad, yet I wouldn't have a single one of their players over ours on that performance. We were absolutely miles better than them from the first minute to the last. We kept the ball for fun, while Wycombe resorted to the long ball (most of which most were either skewed out of play or easily mopped up by our backline) It was men against boys. As complete a performance as you will see at this level, 3-1 flattered them, there was only one side on show tonight, and that was the Gulls.'
'What a match. On reflection I think the only reason we didn't score more was that we gave them too much respect. They were indeed truly awful and were aptly matched by their mute supporters.'
'Great performance last night from players and supporters alike (excluding Wycombe in both categories). A cracking all round team performance with some slick passing moves and a real hunger. Even at 1-0 down it seemed as though we were in control.'
Chris Hayes wrote:
'I don't think there are enough superlatives in the English language to do justice to last night's offering. Their goal was a mere inconvenience. It was a pleasure watching us pass the ball around and creating chance after chance. We looked a class above Wycombe, who looked a demoralised, sorry and dejected bunch for the last half-hour.
Next Game: FA Cup Wycombe v Chelmsford - 27th Nov - 3.00pm