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NICHOLSON - POINT GAINED

Posted: Tue 14 Mar 2017
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Gaffer reflects on Tuesday night's 0-0 draw against Tranmere

Torquay United player-manager Kevin Nicholson was pleased with his side’s performance in toight’s 0-0 draw at home to Tranmere Rovers.

United were forced to defend resiliently throughout the 90 minutes against the promotion chasers, but more than held their own against Micky Mellon’s side.

“I thought it was a good game. I thought anybody that came and paid today would’ve seen two teams that were having a real good go at each other. I think Tranmere are a good side. I think they’ve probably got the best squad of players in the league - options to do whatever they want. To have someone like [James] Norwood and [Andy] Cook on the bench is incredible.

“But we matched them every step, I’d argue we probably had the best chances in the game. They had more possession but I don’t think they really hurt us with it. I was proud of the boys. Of course there was a few little nervy mistakes. I think you can generally tell when a performance has been appreciated by the reception you get when you come off the pitch. I think every fan here appreciated the effort.

“Well I’d have taken a draw before the game but as the game went on I kind of fancied us. The chances we were creating, both on the break and set plays, we had the odd one in open play. The two lads that played up front that started ran themselves into the ground and it was always the plan, unless they had two goals each and they’re on a hat-trick, that the other two were going to come with at least half an hour to go and try and finish the game.”

Nicholson was full of praise for young striker Ruairi Keating, who replaced Brett Williams on the hour mark. The Irishman was a hit with the Yellow Army after another impressive cameo performance.

“I thought Ruairi was excellent when he came on. He’s like a bottle of fizzy pop! Shake him up, take the top off and let him go. He’s everywhere. Reidy is similar; he went on with a bit between his teeth and had a good go. There’s not one player that I am disappointed with today. I think they all did everything they possibly could to get a positive result and I suppose you’ve got to take that as a point gained.

“All in all, a good night’s work. I’m happy with the lads. We’ve got a couple of days off now to rest because we’ve got a lot of games coming up in a short space of time now and we haven’t got a big squad, so they deserve that.”

The United boss is looking forward to welcoming Eastleigh on 21 March for another game under the lights.

“I love these Tuesday night games, I love the atmosphere, the look of the pitch, the lights, the whole thing is just brilliant. We get to come and do it again a week from now and I’m looking forward to it.”

Nicholson also provided an update on defender Myles Anderson, who was forced off through injury late in the second half.

“He’s broke his nose. He dived in to head it and he didn’t really protect himself very well.”