Torquay United need 90-minute performance - Alan Knill

Alan Knill

Torquay boss Alan Knill says his side's consistency needs to improve if they are to start turning draws into wins.

The Gulls trailed 1-0 to Morecambe at half-time on Saturday but a much-improved display after the break saw them secure a deserved 1-1 draw.

"It's a decent result considering the first half wasn't up to the standard we expect," Knill told BBC Radio Devon.

"We were so much better in the second half - if we get the second half for 90 minutes, we can definitely compete."

Torquay have drawn their opening two league encounters, with the 1-1 result against Morecambe following on the heels of a 1-1 draw with AFC Wimbledon.

"It really was a game of two halves," added Knill.

"We can make excuses about the travel but if we're honest, the first half wasn't acceptable.

"We wanted to play a higher tempo in the first half but didn't have it. I was just glad to get in at half-time at 1-0 down as I sensed they were going to score again.

"Then we were able to reshape and refocus and I thought we were the better team in the second half."

Knill praised striker Karl Hawley's contribution after the new signing's first goal for the club secured the point.

"It was a great goal by Karl. We needed to score at that time and we got back with a great finish," he said.

"The players and supporters should take great credit - the supporters stayed with the players no matter what."

Meanwhile, the club have announced a friendly against Cheltenham on Tuesday as Knill seeks to give more of his squad game time.

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