Knill hails winning Gulls

Alan Knill praised Torquay's determination after they won 2-0 at 10-man Morecambe to clinch a second successive victory.

Last Updated: 20/04/13 at 20:56

Alan Knill: Pleased with the determination

Alan Knill: Pleased with the determination

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Knill stressed the result came before the performance as the Gulls moved two points clear of the bottom two heading into a final-day showdown for survival involving as many as seven sides at the foot of League Two.

"The result was everything and we did enough to get what was a massive three points, especially when you look at the other results around the league," Knill said.

"I'm delighted for the players because they have shown great spirit. They have always been a hard-working lot and I have always said that if you work hard you will create your own luck, which is what happened here.

"We had a bit of fortune with the first goal when their 'keeper made an uncharacteristic mistake and that gave us a platform to build on.

"They came back at us and hit a post but we kept them out and scored a vital second just when they were threatening and that was enough to give us the win which is all it was about.

"We have another big game to come at Bristol Rovers but hopefully the two wins this week will have given us the momentum we needed."

Torquay were given a helping hand when they took the lead with a freak goal in the 28th minute. Rene Howe and Stewart Drummond challenged in the air, with the Morecambe defender passing back to his own goal only to see home 'keeper Barry Roche let the ball crawl under his feet and into the net.

The sucker punch was an added blow for the Shrimps, who had found themselves a man down four minutes earlier when teenage debutant Chris Doyle was shown a straight red card for hauling down Elliot Benyon.

To their credit Morecambe came out fighting and Andy Wright hit the woodwork with a superb volley from the edge of the area, but the Gulls crucially doubled their advantage through Ashley Yeoman in the 69th minute.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can win five in a row or lose five in a row... Or in Carver's case you can win one in a row or lose five in a row.

black_waltz
Carver: I'm up to the job

C

AMPAIGN, CAMPAIGN it's a clearly a CAMPAIGN

mario for pm
Chelsea's poor 'respect' rating

S

epp Blatter really is very, very good at this isn't he? Terrible human being, but really good at it.

megabrow (cufc)
Blatter 'like Jesus and Mandela'

Footer 365

Manuel Pellegrini looks for Manchester City reaction to derby defeat

Manuel Pellegrini wants Manchester City to show their class and rebound from their derby defeat when they face West Ham.

Jamie Carragher accuses John Terry of 'tactical voting'

Jamie Carragher has accused Chelsea captain John Terry of "tactical voting" in regards to the PFA Player of the Year award.

Newcastle's John Carver admits need for positive result against Spurs

John Carver is looking for results rather than performances as he attempts to halt Newcastle United’s alarming dip in form.

Mail Box

Wenger's Titles Down To United Woes...

Well, it's certainly one theory. Man United fans are out in force - decrying Wenger and defending FFP. We have mails on Coquelin, Coutinho and Mediawatch...

Mailbox: The Pros And Cons Of FFP

The mailbox has gone a little bit serious as they debate the pros and cons of FFP. Does it create a closed shop or opportunity? Plus, POTY nominations and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company