WHITBY Town boss Tommy Cassidy has rallied to the defence of his side following criticism of the club’s style of play by a former Wembley hero.
Andy Toman, who scored in Whitby’s 3-0 win over North Ferriby in the FA Vase final, said in last Friday’s Gazette that the Blues were launching the ball instead of playing attractive football and people would not watch them unless they changed their style of play.
Cassidy said although Toman was entitled to his opinion, the most important thing was putting three points on the board to climb away from the relegation zone.
“Throughout my career, I have wanted to play football the right way but we’re in a dire situation and we have got to win games so we can stay up,” said the Ulsterman.
“We have got to win matches by hook or by crook and if it’s ugly, it’s ugly. Hopefully in the summer we can then get more players in to help us play good football and try to win games as well.”
Supporters were also cross that Toman’s remarks would deter potential fans from going to the Turnbull at a time when Whitby are battling to stay in the Evo-stik League Premier Division and also when they have lost thousands of pounds in revenue from postponed matches.
And they vented their feelings on the Whitby Town FC website forum in one of the most talked-about subjects of the week.
Loftus Blue posted: “The last thing we need at the moment is an ex-player to run to the press slagging the lads off after watching them once [against Bradford Park Avenue].
“I would agree the Bradford performance was below par, but we all know that one thing Whitby are good at is playing neat passing football and this sometimes can be the downfall of the team.
“What I would say to the lads is get out there for the rest of the season and make him eat his words.”
Si Fox said: “Thing is, he’s well entitled to his opinion, but if he’s only been to the Bradford game (assuming that that’s the case), I’d suggest he watches more than the one game before trying to rock the boat.”
One fan, Mackem, suggested that Whitby fans should take no notice of Toman’s comments and make every effort to bring a friend to the remaining home games.
Having received several calls on the subject himself, Toman said he was criticising the tactics rather than the team, which he believes has good players.
He added the club should be developing juniors all the way to an under 19s feeder team to the first XI.