Alan Knill may delve into the loan market at Torquay United
TORQUAY United manager Alan Knill hinted that he may delve into the loan market after seeing his side downed by Rochdale on Saturday.
The Football League window opened last Monday and Knill claimed then that the Gulls would be quiet unless players left Plainmoor.
But following another lacklustre display in front of goal against Dale – who won courtesy of Ian Henderson's 77th-minute winner – the former Bury and Scunthorpe United manager seemed to change his stance slightly.
"We just didn't have the quality to put the ball in the back of the net when we needed to," said Knill, whose side have scored just six goals in seven league games.
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"We're just lacking a bit of quality in front of goal. When we can get that or the players start performing at their best then I think we can easily compete.
"We're looking at the loan market. It's just that at the moment we're at the top of our budget so it's difficult for us. We didn't take the chances and they did but I thought it was pretty even.
"Rochdale had a chance then we went down the other end and had a chance.
"We were rubbish last week against Fleetwood. We can compete in this league but we didn't compete last week.
"We came here with a plan that worked pretty well, we looked solid and yet we just needed to score.
"We were so much better than we were last Saturday. We're happy with the performance, we just need a result to go with it."
Karl Hawley missed a good chance in the first half and then in the second as the Yellows struggled to turn their neat moves into serious scoring opportunities.
And Knill challenged his current crop to prove they are up for the fight when they take on fellow strugglers Cheltenham next Saturday.
"I'm disappointed as I thought we did enough to take something out of the game [against Rochdale]," Knill added.
"The difference was that chance. They took that chance. When we had chances, we didn't take them.
"I thought we played quite well. We came in at half-time and we were quite comfortable. We knew they'd throw more bodies at us and we'd have a chance to counter. We just needed that end bit though. That's what we're probably lacking at the moment.
"We have to quickly learn from it and go into next week's game against Cheltenham where we all think we can compete."