Date: 14th April 2014 at 9:27am
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Manager Chris Hargreaves finally had something to smile about following our win over Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Torquay looked dead and buried to be fair following a run of four successive losses, but a two one victory over Rovers last weekend has moved us to within seven points of safety and with so few games left, whilst it still looks like an astronomical challenge ahead of us, hope will remain for the gaffer and fans until it’s mathematically impossible for us to remain in this division.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, the gaffer’s main delight was in the fact that he truly believes the performance we put in the day more than merited a return of all three points thanks to goals from Shaquile Coulthirst and Lee Mansell.

‘I’m really happy with the performance and the players are angry with the end because we conceded in a game where we were pretty much dominant. There were lots of big performances and I want to give a big thanks to the Bristol Rovers fans for clapping us off, which shows a lot of what we’re about because it’s a big tonic to hear that from the home supporters.’

Hargreaves goes on to say that it’s also a big thank you to our travelling fans as he describes them as being ‘magnificent’ over the course of 90 minutes.

Obviously he also had lots of pride in the players for responding and putting in a shift like that because he knows the pressure they are under so to go and perform like that does make him proud.

It also gives rise to frustration that we haven’t done it more often this season.

As for the goals, the gaffer goes on to credit Courtney Cameron for the quality of the deliveries he has been putting into the box, and he added that it was only a matter of time before Coulthirst got on the score sheet because of the quality he has and how lively he is around the box.

‘He’s been making that run and we’ve worked on that in training. Along with Elliot Benyon, both strikers were brave in all their challenges and I’m just pleased for the players.’

Adding that Mansell has also spent more time practising his shooting in training over the last few weeks, so he’s delighted to see that the additional work has paid off for him as well.

‘Other than one lack of judgement at the end, we were comfortable and this gives us a chance. We’ve been written off and I understand that, but all we can do is try to win games.’