GULLS PROM­ISE SWIFT RE­TURN

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Stephen Thirkill To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

TORQUAY boss Chris Har­g­reaves urged his side to bounce straight back de­spite their rel­e­ga­tion from the Foot­ball League.

The Gulls’ in­evitable rel­e­ga­tion was con­firmed de­spite their im­pres­sive win at Mans­field af­ter other re­sults went against them.

But Har­g­reaves says he saw enough in the per­for­mance to be­lieve his side can re­turn to League foot­ball at the first time of ask­ing.

“I am proud of my play­ers, they showed ex­cel­lent spirit and I have told them to keep that fight in them,” he said.

“Per­haps things have started to click with my play­ers, it is just a lit­tle late. Re­sults were al­ways go­ing to be a prob­lem be­cause they were out of our hands.

“I knew things were go­ing to be tough when I came here but I did not see this hap­pen­ing. It is a dev­as­tat­ing blow.

“I know that we have got good play­ers at this club and I am con­fi­dent we can chal­lenge in the Con­fer­ence.

“I can as­sure the fans that we will be work­ing very hard to get our­selves back up.

“There will be some player changes next sea­son, above all I want play­ers who care about Torquay.”

Torquay, who were pro­moted to League Two in May 2009, took the lead when Mans­field de­fender John Demp­ster sliced Baily Cargill’s low cross into his own net on 13 min­utes.

Ash­ley Yeo­man dou­bled the Gulls’ lead on 32 min­utes with a tap-in af­ter Lewis Price had par­ried the striker’s close-range header back into his path.

Matt Rhead wasted Mans­field’s best chance on 42 min­utes when he headed James Jen­nings’ cor­ner over the bar.

It got much worse for Rhead, who was named Mans­field’s player of the sea­son ahead of the game, when he was sent off for a dan­ger­ous chal­lenge on Dale Tonge a minute later.

But Mans­field gave them­selves a life­line within 40 sec­onds of the restart when Jen­nings headed home de­spite the best ef­forts of Damon Lathrope to keep the ball out at the back post.

Price tipped a Court­ney Cameron ef­fort over the bar on the hour mark be­fore he used his feet well to turn away a fierce ef­fort from Shaquile Coulthirst min­utes later.

But it was game over when Coulthirst headed past Price from four yards on 78 min­utes.

The de­feat left Mans­field boss Paul Cox fum­ing at the lack of hunger shown by his play­ers.

He said: “I thought we were sloppy from start to fin­ish and to say I am dis­ap­pointed with the at­ti­tude is an un­der­state­ment.

“Over­all we have had a good sea­son, but this de­feat shows what we need to do to im­prove.

“I have got some big de­ci­sions to make in the sum­mer about play­ers, some of them will hurt me but that is my job.

“I do not want us to stand still and to im­prove we have to cut out days like this.

“The de­sire shown by Torquay was ex­cel­lent, they showed the de­sire I ex­pect from my play­ers.”

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