Following yesterday’s fine 2-1 win over Torquay United, here are some views on the game from the Gulls’ manager Martin Ling and a few of their fans.
“I think that’s possibly our worst performance of the season,” said Ling.
“Defensively we couldn’t live with them and going forward we never created anything and you don’t deserve to win anything if you perform like that.”
“Not at any time did we get up a head of steam. We were second to first balls and second to second balls and we got what we deserved, which was nothing. The team were second best in all departments, both on and off the ball.”
“I said to the lads that Gareth Ainsworth was here for a reason, and that if their players wanted him to get the job they were going to be digging in for him, and I think they did that, and my players didn’t”
“We got away with a poor first half. It was 1-1 and looking like we had a get out of jail card.”
“Second half we had the Ryan Jarvis shot, but they had everything up to about the 80th minute, then they had that nervous bit when you’ve not been playing so well as a team like Wycombe haven’t, not being able to win. Then we had a few chances, but we still couldn’t pick the right pass or the right finish.”
“Both offensively and defensively it wasn’t good enough today and if you don’t do it in those two departments you’re going to lose games.”
“Wycombe thoroughly deserved the win because we didn’t perform to the levels we’ve set ourselves this season.”
The Torquay fans were unimpressed with their team’s performance and not many gave Wycombe the credit they deserved.
The following extracts are taken from the Torquay Fans Forum, TorquayFans.com and Football Forums.
‘Hate to say it, but an utterly abject performance by the lads. One chance to Howe and one goal, one good shot from Jarvis and that was pretty much it. A waste of five quid!’
‘4-4-2 didn’t work. Worth a try at home but it looks like having the extra man in midfield is the only way we can even compete in games. On the positive side of things, Rene Howe is a beast!’
‘Possibly the worst game I’ve seen in a long, long time, what with our no show, a referee not allowing the game to flow and Wycombe content to take an age with every break in play from the early minutes. Not surprised the attendance was poor with the Wycombe public having sussed out their tactics and standard this season.’
‘One of those games where nothing went for us. We gave the ball away far too many times and conceded endless freekicks which Wycombe used to pump the ball into the box. Crap ref who was never in control of the game, case in point being the Downes handball which apparently he didn’t give because there had been a push yet I don’t remember him giving us a freekick either. When we did string passes together we were by far the better side. I would rather suffer a performance like today’s than sit through long ball misery.’
‘The first half was scrappy in places and we gave away a poor goal, but when we equalised I thought we’d come out in the second half and take the game by the scruff of the neck – especially as we’d got away with a stonewall penalty. But we were awful. I’m sure the ref and the Wycombe sportsmanship will get a few mentions, but all in all, we didn’t deserve anything today. I can’t remember their keeper making a save, and his time wasting, and telling the ball girls not to get the ball for him was infuriating, but the ref let him do it, so why would he not keep doing it ?’
‘Well, thank goodness it was only £5 to get in to watch that. A completely abject, lethargic, laboured and frankly embarrassing performance. Wycombe were no great shakes either. Thought they were very, very average, and you could see why they’re in the position they are. We made them look half decent though. It has to be said that Ainsworth was excellent for them. In very good shape for a 39 year old and was their main outlet.’
‘Lovely and sunny with great views of the surrounding countryside. Best burger I’ve had at a football game although it was £5. Friendly ground, the bar was good and a nice pint. But ah the football, to be honest I was bored stiff! Only Rene (Howe) Performed. Tried hard, kept going and scored a very good goal. Forgettable and poor performance overall. Yes the ref was bad but we were worse.’
‘To be honest this side will be mid table. If Howe goes we will be near the bottom as no one else can score goals.’
‘We simply didnt bother to turn up as a team, the usual 3 suspects in Howe poke and Downes gave it their all, the rest forget it. A lacklustre, uninterested performance that got what it deserved, zilch. The rest should be totally ashamed to pick up their wages, total crap against an average side who we let dominate the game.’
‘Wycombe were second bottom, managerless and struggling. We could have gone there on the front foot and ripped them apart. They were awful. This wasn’t a Rotherham away, it was a Wycombe away and we should have gone out there with a more positive mindset and for that Martin has to accept the blame for another dull, negative shocker.’
‘Nice ground, I could get used to sitting in a stadium like that. Food expensive, I would have used the outside stall if I had known. Parking way too expensive if they want to attract fans. £5 at the ground and £4 in the outside parks. This is League 2 not the prem. £4 or £5 to park then £22 for a seat which means for a couple it’s £49 just for a couple of tickets and parking. I can do a trip to Plainmoor for £10 less, and I live 120 miles away.’
‘Horrible performance from beginning to end really, I don’t have a problem with losing, I’ve learned to accept It after years of doing this, what I can’t accept is not making your opposition work for their victory. I am sure there will be plenty of chat regarding the blatant timewasting of Wycombe today and whilst it did verge on the shameful side of disgusting, it would be no more than how we would want our players to see out our first home win of the season. I will conclude by sharing a quote I overheard a WWFC supporter say to his mate as we endured the walk of shame back to the car. ‘it’s nice to hear some away fans moaning as they leave Adams park for once.’
‘To be fair, as much as they time wasted we didn’t deserve anything anyway. We were awful and Wycombe fully deserved their win’
Next Game: Johnstone’s Paint Trophy
Portsmouth v Wycombe – Tues 9th Oct – 7.45pm