Knill calls for more than honesty from players as they let their standards slip
"IT'S all about what happens in both penalty boxes, and we weren't good enough there, especially in our own," said Torquay United manager Alan Knill after Wycombe Wanderers came from behind to win 3-2 in the Gulls' third successive defeat on Saturday.
"We've conceded two goals from set-pieces and one unmarked from a cross.
"We put ourselves in a strong position, and when you score two goals away from home, you should be winning – and definitely not losing. But we conceded three goals for the second week, and at the moment we are suffering a bit, especially defensively.
"We are trying to make the squad better, and we can't wait for everybody to come back fit and available."
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Knill added: "I was only saying in the week that the bit in the middle of the pitch really counts for not too much. It's the areas at both ends, that's where the game is won and lost.
"I thought we fully deserved to be ahead at half-time. But after scoring first, we gave them a goal back straight away.
"It was bad play from us – Jo Kuffour shouldn't have got in there – but it didn't really knock us, we came back and looked strong after that, and scored again at a great time.
"Krystian Pearce had a good chance just before he scored, but he did even better for his goal.
"We said at half-time that we had to keep on doing what we did in the first half, hitting them down the sides, but we didn't do it. We dropped back."
The Gulls' boss added: "I've got a good, honest group, but we need more than honesty.
"It's no good being excellent from Monday to Friday. It's Saturday at three o'clock that counts. We need to be better, and I'm sure we will be."
Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth confirmed that he had to get stuck into his players when they trailed 2-1 at the interval of the League Two encounter.
"We had a few words at half-time. I asked them 'Where is the energy that we have created here at Wycombe?'" he said.
"We seemed to be relying too much on our football. But you have to have the passion and desire if you want to achieve anything in this game.
"The way we kicked off in the second half was exactly what I asked for.
"We proved that we've got a team of real workers, and I thought we thoroughly deserved to win in the end.
"The fans got involved in the second half, and it turned into a good day all-round.
"We drove on really well in the second half, and we could have scored a couple more goals.
"It was great to see Paris Cowan-Hall score twice, and with two headers, but credit too to Jo Kuffour, who played with an illness today and wasn't 100%.
"He is a clever player these days, he links the play up for us and he scored a great goal to get us back in the game."