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.”