'For us to come back here showed great character and is a great reward'
YOUNG Torquay United winger Jordan Chapell may not make much noise off the pitch, but his match-winning pair of goals at Northampton Town confirm that he is making his mark on it, according to Torquay United manager Alan Knill.
"Jordan is one of those players who you don't notice during the week, because he's so low maintenance – he turns up every day, works hard, goes home and comes back the next day to do it again," said Knill of the player he first signed on loan last season and then snapped up from Sheffield United in the summer.
"We've set some targets for all the players, but for wide players the thing that can make the difference is whether they can put the ball in the net, as well as doing all the other stuff. Jordan's rewards are three goals already this season, so he's on target."
United had already recovered to earn draws against AFC Wimbledon and Morecambe, but Knill added: "That's another game of two halves, if you like.
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"That's the third time we've come back from a goal down, and it felt like we were totally dominated in the first half. But when we thought about it, we probably had as many clear-cut chances as them in the first half. We still had to regroup, and for us to come back here against a team like Northampton showed great character and is a great reward for the players.
"You can throw in the conditions and the win, but we all know it can be better than it was in the first half. But we said at half-time that the next goal would win the game – if we get it, we win. And that's the way it turned out.
"I thought Karl Hawley did well, but he and Callum Ball looked a different proposition in the second half.
"Callum is a young player learning, but we know there's a real player in there.
"It took Kevin Nicholson a while to work out some problems he was having, but credit to him for doing it, and whenever the ball came into the box it was either Krystian Pearce or Aaron Downes putting their heads on it.
"We worked really hard through the week, mornings and afternoons, on team shape, and I thought we were far more disciplined than we have been.
"I'm delighted with the three points, but we all know there's a long way to go.
"We want to get our home form up and running now, and the opportunity is there for us against Hartlepool [this coming Saturday].
"We want to make Plainmoor a place where no one enjoys coming to."
Northampton manager Aidy Boothroyd said: "I know the conditions were difficult, but we dominated possession-wise and territorially in the first half and we could have scored more goals than we did.
"So I'm really disappointed with the result, especially the way we were caught by two sucker-punch goals.
"There's nothing new about the answer – it's perseverance and more hard work."