UNITED started 2015 with a battling 1-1 draw at Bristol Rovers.
An early goal from Duane Ofori-Acheampong looked like bringing all three points back to Devon until the home side levelled with a penalty from Matty Taylor on 83 minutes.
Angus MacDonald was shown a second yellow card for the dubious foul that led to the spot-kick but the Gulls deservedly held on for what could be a valuable point.
“If you always got a penalty for something like that, you would get 30 in a game,” said manager Chris Hargreaves. “It’s disgraceful really. I am so angry that I have to contain myself because I am a football manager at a club with a good history and I don’t want to say something ridiculous.
“What I will say is it was very important we got those three points and for someone’s error to deny us, I feel very hard done by. I spoke to Gus and there was nothing in it.
“We had a game-plan and it worked. There were a few tired legs in the second-half, which enabled them to put us under a bit of pressure but we were coping. The whole game has turned on that one decision.”
United (4-4-2): 23 Jordan Seabright; 29 Durrell Berry, 21 Angus MacDonald, 4 Aaron Downes, 3 Thomas Cruise; 12 Jordan Chapell (7 Louis Briscoe 72), 8 Luke Young (capt), 6 Ben Harding, 10 Toby Ajala; 9 Ryan Bowman, 24 Duane Ofori-Acheampong (5 Krystian Pearce 84). Substitutes (not used): 1 Martin Rice (GK), 14 Ashley Yeoman, 16 Courtney Richards.
Referee: Simon Bennett