Knill frustrated as defeated Torquay cause their own demise
MANAGER Alan Knill said his Torquay United side contributed to their own downfall as they fell victim to Oxford United’s flying start to the season.
In the wake of the Gulls’ 3-1 home defeat, which followed two opening draws, Knill admitted: “You can’t defend like we did at times and expect to get away with it, especially against a team like Oxford.
“Even when we pulled a goal back in the second half, we got caught out for their third. We competed well in difficult conditions, and their goalkeeper certainly made more saves than ours in the first half.
“But in the second half their quality outshines ours.
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“In the first half we were a match for them, but in the second half we kind of undid ourselves.
“I thought it was a real good test for us, to see where we are, and we came up a little short in the second half.”
Knill did claim: “There was a number of decisions which didn’t go our way, including a foul we didn’t get just before their first goal, and I didn’t think the referee had the greatest game today.
“But the team that made the better decisions in the second half won the game.
“We can do better, and we have to learn from it quickly and move on.”
Oxford also won their first three games last season, and then lost their next six – a fact which U’s boss Chris Wilder is fed up of being reminded about.
“It’s not the same team as last season,” said Wilder.
“Next week, and a big game at home to Wycombe, takes care of itself. We’ve got more experienced players now who are looking forward to what lies ahead, not fearing it.
“We’ve had to work really hard for this result.
“We are a big club in this league, especially we go and start the season with three wins.
“But you could seen the tempo and energy that Torquay showed against us, especially in the first half, and we have to expect that from teams this season.
“The conditions weren’t great for both sides, and we had to defend plenty of crosses and some good play by Torquay. They could easily have been in front at half-time.
“But we scored at great times in the second half, and I’m delighted that Asa Hall and Beano [James Constable] both came off the bench to score, because it’s a squad game and we’re going to need everybody in the squad.”