Gulls edge relegation battle
Brian McDermott urged Leeds to end a disappointing season on a
high after the 1-0 win over Burnley.
McDermott replaced Neil Warnock as manager last Friday and
steered his new club to a second Championship win in the space of
four days after Rudy Austin supplied the only goal at Elland
Leeds climbed to within six points of the play-offs, seven above
the bottom three, and McDermott is demanding more of the same from
his revitalised side.
“We controlled possession really. We needed to get a goal in the
first half, but we didn’t,” said McDermott.
“We had a few opportunities and once we got the goal – the goal
I thought was excellent, a really good bit of skill by Dioufy and
that was a really good finish.
“I’ve come here to enjoy myself, the staff want to enjoy
themselves and I want the players and the fans to enjoy themselves,
that’s what life’s about.
“I think there’s something tangible left this season. Every game
there’s something tangible.
“When you’re stood on that line and it’s 1-0, it’s definitely
tangible in my heart, so every game there’s something to play for
because you’re playing for your supporters.
“You want to finish the season strongly. You want to do as well
as you possibly can.
“I’m just a bit upset there’s only three games left, it’s a
shame there’s not six.”
Elliot Benyon put the home side in front after 25 minutes,
powering home a close-range header after a free-kick from Kevin
Fit-again keeper Michael Poke kept Torquay in the game with a
terrific double save to deny first Andy Yiadom and then Harry
Top scorer Jake Hyde came on for Barnet after 58 minutes and
marked his arrival by equalising with his first touch, heading in
unmarked at the far post after a free kick as the Torquay defence
rushed out for offside.
But Torquay were in front again two minutes later when Billy
Bodin drove a low left-foot shot past Barnet keeper Graham Stack
from the edge of the box.
Defender Brian Saah made it 3-1 with 20 minutes to go with a
looping header from a corner, but Hyde kept the pressure on Torquay
with a volleyed goal after 77 minutes.