The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Richard Latham To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

DAR­RELL Clarke ac­cused some of his Bris­tol Rovers play­ers of not be­ing up for the fight af­ter de­feat to rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Torquay placed their own Foot­ball League sta­tus in se­vere jeop­ardy.

While bot­tom-club Torquay cel­e­brated a de­served win that kept alive their slim hopes of avoid­ing the dreaded drop into the Con­fer­ence, the home side left the field to a cho­rus of jeers.

And rookie man­ager Clarke ad­mit­ted his squad don’t want to get mo­ti­vated af­ter sec­ond-half goals from Shaquile Coulthirst and Lee Mansell sealed the deal for the Gulls.

“We de­served all the stick we got from sup­port­ers at the end. I will front up and take it on the chin for the play­ers, but they also need to show some re­spon­si­bil­ity,” he said.

“One or two of them did not look up for the fight and I will have to look at that be­fore se­lect­ing a team for our next game at Portsmouth.

“The right men­tal­ity is ev­ery­thing in our cur­rent sit­u­a­tion. To say I am bit­terly dis­ap­pointed with how we played is an un­der­state­ment.

“We only had a go in the last ten min­utes and that is not ac­cept­able. It wasn’t good enough and we have a fight on our hands.”

Coulthirst pow­er­fully headed Torquay in front on 62 min­utes from a pin­point Court­ney Cameron free-kick

And 13 min­utes later the im­pres­sive 19year-old striker, on loan, from Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, turned from scorer to goal-maker, tee­ing up Mansell to fire past Steve Milden­hall with the aid of a de­flec­tion fron 12 yards.

The game was deep into stop­page time when Danny Woodards replied for Rovers, shoot­ing home at the sec­ond at­tempt af­ter Torquay goal­keeper Martin Rice had saved his first ef­fort.

Clarke’s men only came to life in the clos­ing stages when sub­sti­tute David Clark­son headed against the cross­bar.

The fi­nal sec­onds saw Woodards shoot over, but Torquay were well worth their win. Boss Chris Har­g­reaves in­sisted the be­lief was still strong that the Gulls could beat the drop.

He said:“I have to be­lieve we can stay up and I gen­uinely do.We still have Wy­combe to play and if we can win our next game, who knows?

“What pleases me is that we have some very young play­ers in the side and they were able to per­form in the sit­u­a­tion we find our­selves.

“Of course it is still a mas­sive up­hill bat­tle. But it is my job to pro­duce a team for the fu­ture what­ever league we find our­selves in and I have to take en­cour­age­ment from what I saw. I don’t look at the the league ta­ble.

“I’m just go­ing to go home and watch Match of the Day and I might hear what the wife is say­ing to me for once. Usu­ally there is so much go­ing on in my head that I don’t lis­ten to any­one. Per­haps I can re­lax for a while this evening and then it’s back to work.”

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

DOU­BLE TROU­BLE: Lee Mansell puts Torquay 2-0 ahead in the sec­ond half STAR MAN



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