The TT Match Verdict – #TUFC 0-2 Argyle

Ed Dominic summarises things and runs the rule over the players in the friendly defeat

Summary:

An entertaining match sees United give Argyle a good test, and we are unlucky not to score at least one with the woodwork standing in our way! Overall Nick will be pleased with some neat interplay and plenty of effort on a hot evening at Plainmoor – unfortunately finding the net is still a problem that needs addressing. Meanwhile the away team are a bit lethargic in the first half, before stretching the game in the second and eventually showing their superiority.

Team Ratings/Comments:

Goalkeeper

Clarke 8

The keeper looks the part, an excellent point blank save and a penalty stop means a very good evening for our new keeper. A much needed calming influence.

Defence

Higgins 6

The right back has a quiet game. He looks reasonably assured at the back, but gives away a penalty in the second half. Hopefully against weaker opposition we’ll see him bomb forward and make a bigger impression.

Chaney 7

Sam at left back is not ideal is it! However he actually does pretty well, taking up the right positions and distributing the ball ok. A good effort considering he is an attacking midfielder!

Klukowski 7

Another player out of position (at centre back) and another who rises to the challenge. The new boy works well with Sean and makes a number of tackles and clearances to help keep out Argyle.

McGinty 7

Sean had a steady game, doing the basics well and sniffing out the danger – though he should have scored in the 1st half. Distribution still iffy, to no-ones surprise!

Midfield

Lathrope 6

Damon gets on about his business in typically unfussy manner. No thrills but DL helps the centre backs keep the away team at bay, and holds his ground as usual to let Luke move forward.

Young 7

Luke has a mixed game, delivering some delicious balls from corners – whilst also getting caught in possession on occasions. The normal work rate and eagerness is present, including some 50 50s to worry the home support!

Gosling 8

My TUFC man of the match. Jake shows his abilities early by turning on a sixpence in the penalty area, and he continues to show confidence plus skill on the ball. Jake also comes close to a goal, testing the keeper before half time. Looks like a brilliant signing on that evidence.

Reid 7

Reidy starts the game really well, but again just lacks the poise in the final third – which was the problem last season. He does hit a beautiful curler that is denied by the post; a real moment of quality from the loan man.

Strikers

Gray 6

James struggles to get involved much, but his hard running does almost get reward when he bangs the crossbar in the second half. Plenty of endeavour and some promise of better to come.

Keating 7

As always with Ruairi he battles gamely, making the Argyle defence work hard for their clean sheet. The striker has a couple of sniffs for a goal, but it’s not to be. You can tell he is working on his game, and with any luck it will bring dividends come the season start.

Subs

Hancox 6  Odubade 6  Fallon 6

Unfortunately all the substitutions do is illustrate our lack of squad depth and the need for Nick to add more options asap. To their credit all three look to get involved, but struggle to make an impact as Argyle take control. Fallon doesn’t look like the target man we need, maybe a few years ago he would have been ideal – not now!

Conclusions

My opinions have not changed from pre-match really. I think we’ll be a tougher proposition to play against, but at the other end can we score enough goals? It’s debatable at the moment. 2 or 3 still required – and these players could be the difference between another tough season and pushing up the table. I enjoyed the game though, it was more competitive than most and all the best to the Green Army for 17-18

Dominic – TT Editor

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