Downes is not taking Hartlepool for granted
Torquay United's Australian defender Aaron Downes has admitted it is vital that no one at Plainmoor underestimates the threat of Hartlepool United this Saturday, after the Gulls clinched their first victory of the season at Northampton Town at the weekend.
"The danger is that a lot of people will be thinking – 'Hartlepool, down near the bottom and haven't scored a goal, so we'll just roll them over'," Downes said.
"But they are a good side with good players who have just come down from League One, and it only takes one result to turn things around, as we know.
"It was good to beat Northampton, but there's still a lot of work for us to do. We are improving and we are getting there, but we're nowhere near the finished article."
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Downes knows manager Alan Knill will not let the Gulls take things easy this week. He added: "Complacency is one of the gaffer's pet hates, and there's no way he will let anyone think: 'We've had a win, we're there now'."
The big centre-back left Sixfields with two stitches in a head wound – "it was only a little nick. It looked worse than it was," he said – after starring in the second-half display which saw United beat Northampton with two goals from 21-year-old winger Jordan Chapell.
They trailed at half-time, prompting Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd to say: "In the first half it was just a question of how many goals we would score. We should have gone in two or three up."
Downes insisted: "You want to put two really good halves together, of course, but sometimes you have to take stock of the conditions in the game.
"The first half was always going to be difficult against that wind, and in the first ten minutes I thought we were going to do well to keep it at 0-0 or even 1-0 down at half-time.
"During the interval it wasn't all 'that was rubbish' in our dressing-room. They had to deal with the wind in the second half, and we believed the game was there for us to win if we took our chances.
"Jordan scored two really good goals, but, without disrespecting Northampton, 2-1 might have flattered them."
Knill is sending a development side up the A380 to take on Exeter City in a reserve-team friendly at the Grecians' Cat and Fiddle training ground this afternoon. The Gulls won a similar fixture 3-2 at Cheltenham Town recently.