Date: 16th February 2014 at 10:31am
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Manager Chris Hargreaves has admitted that the unfortunate error by goalkeeper Michael Poke was the turning point in the game against table toppers Chesterfield yesterday.

A tight and very organised performance by Torquay saw us keep them out until the second half, and we had even taken the lead through Shamir Goodwin, but unfortunately six minutes later and waywood goal kick that rebounded off Krystian Pearce to put Chesterfield in with a clear sight of goal brought them level and gave them all the momentum they needed to turn the game in their favour and they made it count inside of the final ten minutes as they added two further goals to take the game three one in their favour.

The goal kick was the turning point, because until then we looked in control and having taken the lead if anything, we were the team most likely to score the next goal if one was to come.

The disappointing thing is Torquay could’ve gone back in front when Goodwin hit the post, but new loan signing Conor Wilkinson put the rebound wide, and they basically went down the other end and got their own noses in front.

Despite the result, Hargreaves told the press that there were certainly positives he could take from the match, and in some ways we now have to make that our standard type of performance in the remaining games because if we can we will pick up the results we need.

‘We contained a really good side and scored a fantastic goal, but we made some decisions that have cost us and conceded a goal at a time we were comfortable. Let’s just say it was an unusual goal to concede. We’ve given them a goal which is an awful one. It was a pivotal moment.’

Despite it being Poke’s error, Hargreaves finds it hard to blame him because of how good he has been for us and it was simply a mistake that he couldn’t probably replicate if he spent the next week on the training pitch trying to do the same thing again, so if anything you just have to suck it up and get on with it, and whilst you can’t laugh about it because of where we are in the table, it is the kind of thing in football that would’ve have everyone at the club laughing – including Poke – if we were at the other end of the table.