TO a man, the Gulls played with pride and purpose at Swindon Town on Tuesday night, but one individual was particularly unlucky to see us lose in the closing minutes.
Goalkeeper Martin Rice won man of the match against Wimbledon on the weekend and did so again in the Capital One Cup, making numerous fabulous saves, including a penalty against the Robins.
For United manager Alan Knill, the plaudits are just rewards for Ricey, who has stepped up in marvellous fashion, with Michael Poke sidelined through injury.
‘’They [Swindon] obviously had the pen, which we didn’t think was a pen because the lad went down easily, but the ‘keeper saves it and you think it’s our night,’’ said Alan.
‘’Pokey hurt his thigh in pre-season, so Ricey has played all the games. When I spoke to him [Rice] last year, I said to him that I want him to be a number one and he’s at an age to be doing that.
‘’He’s obviously gone away and worked hard at his fitness levels. He’s been in top form all pre-season, played really well on Saturday and was exceptional last night.
‘’He looks calm and composed, and I’m really delighted for him. He hasn’t always been a professional, so he clings on to it and understands that we lead a privileged lifestyle. You have to do everything to stay in it and he’s now enjoying the reward.’’