Date: 19th August 2014 at 5:31pm
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The game against Southport last weekend it was set up for Torquay to complete a home double this season and rack up six points on home soil, but a stupid seeming Ryan Bowman red card for a head butt after only 20 minutes of the game, ruined those hopes despite our best efforts after that.

Speaking to the Official Site after the scoreless draw there were obviously positives that manager Chris Hargreaves could take from the game, but it was overshadowed by Bowman’s behaviour.

‘I don’t think the referee had any option but to send him off. If you put your head near an opponent, this is what happens. I’m very disappointed because Ryan was looking so sharp but we settled down mentally with ten men. In the second half, I’ve never seen a more one sided game with a team that has lost a man, it either says something about them or it says something about us – I don’t know.’

Hargreaves goes on to say that in that period especially there were some ‘brilliant’ performances and some really good play, both offensively and defensively and he feels it was just unfortunate we couldn’t break the deadlock as he feels we deserved to.

‘My only game plan for Saturday night was a glass of red wine with six points in the bag. Martin Rice had one thing to do and made a great save, from then, it was all us and O’Archie could have had a hattrick.’

One thing Hargreaves did want to point out was the different this season compared to last, saying had we gone down to ten men last term we’d have probably sunk and gone on to win the game, so at least on the attitude front there is a clear improvement there given our performances.