Coleman: We were not good enough

Andrew Tutte’s seventh minute strike but Dale ahead only for

Torquay to then score four without reply and then have Aaron Downes

sent off. Jason Kennedy missed the resulting spot kick, before

substitute Ray Putterill scored the visitors’ second goal in the

85th minute after having an earlier effort cleared off the line by

United left back Kevin Nicholson.

Coleman said: “I feel for the fans who pay their hard-earned

money to come all this way. We don’t go out deliberately to play

badly. We were very, very poor and Torquay deservedly won by

punishing us with some clinical finishing.

“We haven’t set out to play like that, we will learn from it and

I think we will come back stronger. We showed at the end that we

didn’t throw the towel in, we kept going, we could have easily got

something out of the game.

“On another day we would have got something out of the game,

which sounds bizarre because they could have put the game to bed by

a much larger margin. We have got to be tighter defensively, we

have got a back four where two of them have only played three

League games each. But this is all part of the learning process and

they will learn from this.

“At the end of the day, we didn’t play well enough, didn’t pass

the ball well enough because we have got a system of play but

people who write us off quickly do so at their own peril.”