Just back from a long day on the coach to watch Torquay away at Oxford. Tense game today. The way things panned out, I am perfectly happy to come away with a point, although sadly other results didn’t go our way.
Torquay got off to a great start when Rene Howe pounced on an error by an Oxford defender and calmly slotted under the keeper. Torquay had another chance soon after but O’Kane blazed over from 10 yards, similar to Aaron Ramsey’s effort yesterday.
But Oxford came strongly back into the match, and apart from the goal there was very little to separate the sides at half time.
Oxford came out the better in the second half and equalised direct from a corner as the blustering wind (3-sided ground an intentional tactic?) confused Olejnik and the ball went straight in.
Torquay has a goal disallowed for offside after Howe had rounded the keeper, had his shot blocked and then squared the rebound for O’Kane to slot in on the line. Torquay fans were largely irate but I thought it was just offside. Still awaiting the TV replay though.
Oxford scored a neat second, working the ball well out to the right. A terrific cross in from the right back met with a bullet header. Chances continued to come fro Oxford, as Torquay’s usually tight midfield three allowed too many shots from the edge of the box.
Pressure started to show, and eventually Ian Morris was sent off for two quick fire yellow cards – one for a poor challenge and one for getting involved in a fracas. This seemed to galvanise Torquay though and Taiwo Atieno, on for the injured / exhausted Howe, scored just before the end with what seemed like another keeper error – the ball squirming under the crossbar afetr the keeper got his hand to Atieno’s shot.
All in all, a draw a good result for Torquay. They now need to regroup before facing Southend at home on Saturday.