Paul Cox: Torquay United youth no longer an excuse

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Paul Cox
Paul Cox took charge of Torquay United in the summer

Torquay United manager Paul Cox says he will no longer use the excuse that he has a young side for poor results.

Cox's team that drew 2-2 with Grimsby in the National League last week had just three players over the age of 24.

"In the press, which probably I shouldn't have done, I laughed at things like nappies on the dressing room floor," he told BBC Sport.

"I've totally turned the tide now and said that's not going to happen again. They're going to be treated as men."

Torquay have won two, drawn two and lost one of their opening five fixtures, and led 2-0 at half-time away at Grimsby before being pegged back.

"Me telling the players that they're young is probably giving the players a bit of an excuse to act like youngsters," added Cox.

"That's stopped now. We've had a school of hard knocks week this week where the boys have worked hard in atrocious conditions, and I want to see the character now. I want to see them grow into their roles now within the football club.

"I've told the boys there'll be no excuses because you're a young player learning the game. You've got to learn it very quickly otherwise I'm going to make some tough decisions."

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