Date: 4th September 2013 at 10:45pm
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Alan Knill has spoken of his frustration and disappointment after Torquay went out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on penalties in the game against Portsmouth.

The score in the first round game was level at zero come the end of full time and with no extra time to be played, the match went straight to penalties and Torquay went out on a 5-3 scoreline.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, the penalty loss just compounded Knill’s frustration at what he thought was a very underwhelming performance from the side on the night to begin with.

‘It was a first half totally dominated by Portsmouth. We changed our team and it upsets the balance, but we’re trying to do the right thing in resting players who are maybe carrying injuries. In the second half we were better but not a whole lot.’

Knill says that the biggest disappointment for him really was the performance of the players, because he wants players to come in and impress and take their chances when they get them and that just did not happen against Portsmouth, although he did single out Tom Cruise as somebody who looked comfortable, and Damon Lathrope saying he grew into the game as the minutes passed.

It was just a performance world’s apart from the effort and endeavour that we put in against Hartlepool.

Despite his obvious disappointment at the game, Knill pick out a number of positives that he could take from the game, such as the clean sheet and the defence performance of Downes and Pearce during normal time but clearly consistency is something the side need to work on.