'It's astounding we haven't beaten Torquay United,' said proud coach Matt Saunders
Updated: Sep 20, 2022
Matt Saunders struggled to comprehend how his dominant Wealdstone side did not win the National League game with Torquay on Saturday.
The Stones came from behind to draw level through Rhys Browne and then laid siege to the Torquay goal. The Gulls were hanging on by the end and were mighty relieved when the referee blew the final whistle after eight minutes of added time.
"It was one of the most one-sided games I've witnessed and that's a credit to the group, the squad and the whole club," said Saunders, the assistant manager. "This is Torquay coming down here and the game should end up 7-1. It's astounding we have haven't won that game.
"But we aren't outcome based or results-based. We will always stick to the philosophy whether we have won or lost. We need to be more clinical but the performance was unbelievable, one of the best ever down here against that calibre of opposition. We can't get too frustrated. We should have a couple more points on the board but over a larger sample size we will get the results we deserve."
Gulls boss Gary Johnson highlighted the number of ball carriers the Stones had – and chief among them was Tarryn Allarakhia. He provided the creative hub and could have had a hat-trick on another afternoon.
"He's been excellent, our most consistent player," said Saunders. "He's unlucky he hasn't got his rewards. That's part of game he need to work on. We call him Robert Pires because he's got the flicks and the touches and all the ability in the world. He just needs to add goals to his game but we have to be patient with these lads. We've got the youngest squad in the division and to do what we are doing and then ask them to be demanding and clinical is a lot to ask from a young team. We've got 90 per cent of what we are asking for."
Star summer signing Max Kretzschmar and key defender Dei Elerewe were out injured, Lewis Kinsella was suspended and midfield dynamo Ashley Charles came off injured and yet the Stones still finished by far the stronger of the two sides thanks, in part, to the second-half introduction of Browne and Malachi Napa.
"We've got a good, competitive squad," said Saunders. "That's what is needed. To get success in this squad you need 18-22 players ready to go. Some weeks players will be in the stand and that isn't nice, but the reality is we have a morale and spirit here where we don't have any sulking and anybody has been left out gets told why. If you treat players like human beings, if you sit them down and explain to them, they might not accept or agree with it, but they understand and that's why we've got good team morale and good human beings."
• Interview by Will Bewsey
* Photos by Mike Renny
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