Alan Knill relieved that Torquay United grab equaliser at Morecambe
Gulls manager Alan Knill was relieved to see his Torquay United side come from behind to earn a point at Morecambe after a below-par first-half display.
“It was a decent result, considering our first-half performance, which wasn’t up to the standard we expect,” said Knill. “We all know it wasn’t acceptable, but we were so much better in the second half.
“We wanted to play at a high tempo in the first half, but we didn’t have that, and I was glad to get in at only 1-0.
“Ryan Williams is a good player, and it was a really good strike for their goal.
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“We were nowhere near it in the first half – the strikers, and the midfield and the people at the back didn’t do their jobs, and that way you’re not going to win.”
Knill was full of praise for the Karl Hawley strike which earned United their draw.
“That was a great goal, and we just needed to score at that time,” he said. “The players should take great credit in the end, and also our supporters for keeping with the players even when we weren’t good.”
Goalscorer Hawley said: “It was a good strike, and it went exactly where I intended.
“I’m delighted to score my first goal for the club and to get a well earned point. The gaffer was right not to be happy at half-time. We weren’t happy.
“We knew it had to improve in the second half, and it did. But that’s what’s got to happen from the get-go in future.”
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley said: “If we had really stepped on the gas in the first half, we would have been two or three up. But they came out a different team in the second half and really got among us. Our hearts were in our mouths then.”
United right-back Dale Tonge’s 85th-minute red card means he will miss the next match, at home to 100 per centers Oxford United on Saturday, but Knill reported no new injury problems from the Morecambe draw.