Torquay 0 – 1 Albion

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FA Cup time against those other Football League “Gulls”, Torquay United. They’ve already beaten us in pre-season last year, and knocked out our fellow League One strugglers Stockport, but I think we should win this one straight out. A big Premiershit away draw awaits us in round four if we do, I can feel it in my bones.

Poyet is going with a 4-3-3, with Dickinson on the right and Murray/Forster marauding up front, and Adam Virgo gets a rare start at centre back. Game on. Even stevens for the first half hour, nothing doing, Forster appeals for a penalty, not given. Jesus this is boring. Oh, a corner on 40 mins, cosmic. Murray has a pop just before half-time, fluffs his shot. There’s the whistle.

Dickinson working hard down the right at the start of the second half. I think Poyet needs to make a change soon, this game is stalemate. Virgo playing his big fat socks off – good for him. Navarro on for Cox, oo-er. Dicko has a good shot on goal – saved, not much else happening, poor game. Corner – CROFTS!!! heads in 1-0!

We’re looking to finish this, Forster comes close. Torquay going for it, Virgs get booked for a silly tackle, we need to keep cool heads here for this last five. Free kick for Torquay just on the 18 yard box, shit. Kuipers saves. Three minutes of injury-time. We’re making hard work of this. And that’s it – Albion reach the fourth round of the FA Cup for the first time since 1993. Who are we gonna get??

The Hovian’s Albion Team Performance :  6 out of 10

The Hovian’s Albion Man of the Match : Adam Virgo

Albion Team (goalscorers in bold):

(4-3-3) Kuipers; Hoyte, Tunnicliffe, Virgo, McNulty; Cox (Navarro 65), Dicker, Crofts; Dickinson, Forster, Murray

(Subs) Brezovan, Elphick, Navarro, Bennett, Davieeees, Hart, Whing

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2 Responses to “Torquay 0 – 1 Albion”

  1. glasfryn Says:

    I’m glad Virgo played and done very well, maybe his time has come?
    and GP bringing on Navarro to stiffen up the midfield was a masterstroke methinks Navarro is very underrated especially by those on a certain forum.
    we won and are in the 4th round ….end of .
    lets hope we get a good draw …MU away would be nice plenty of money to use on new players!

    G

  2. The Hovian Says:

    Yep, we won mate, that’s what matters. The few games I attended early doors at Withers, when Navarro was getting the nod over Dicker, he was poor – slow and ineffective. Maybe he has picked up, but you know the NSC – once that bad name has settled, it’s very hard to shake off. Look at El-Abd, he’s been a rock for Poyet, still shit in some eyes.

    Anyway, enjoying Leeds beating Man U at the minute (66mins gone). This is probably the only time I would like to see Manure actually beat somebody, and they’re losing on me. What’s the odds we draw Leeds away next round?

    I’ll be back on if United score or win (8th minute of Fergus….sorry, injury time)

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