Torquay United player-manager Kevin Nicholson admits he was pleased with what he believed to be a fair result after watching his side earn a point on a chilly day at Plainmoor.
United drew 1-1 with play-off chasing Macclesfield Town they looked to bounce back from their defeat away to Bromley. Kingsley James put the visitors in front during the first half, but the Gulls reacted well and a second-half header from Sean McGinty drew the game level.
“I think a draw is the least we deserved,” said Nicholson.
“I think we had chances to win it but then they had a couple of ones at the end as well where they could have stung us. First half, we battled really hard, they put in all the stuff we asked them to do. They did the ugly stuff really well, they did well for half an hour but because the football hadn’t come yet they seemed to lose their way a little bit. A couple of panic clearances followed by a poor goal conceded from that set play, where I think the guy has miss-hit it to be honest. All of a sudden they finish the half full of confidence and we’re looking round wondering what’s just happened.”
Despite going a goal behind, Nicholson was delighted with the reaction of his players during the second half, where United looked the better side and arguably had the better chances.
“When we scored early, it was a great ball in, great header, I think after that we were the aggressors, we were on the front foot. We were going for it and they were quite happy with point. At the same time, they’re such a dangerous team. They’re not up there through luck, they move the ball well, Whitaker picks up the ball in very orthodox positions which is tough to mark. I thought our boys applied themselves really well, played a lot better football without being great in the second half.
“I don’t really know how to feel to be honest, yes they’re doing well and they’ve strengthened with some players that most clubs at Conference level would love to have in their squad, so they’re obviously having a go for it this time of the year. With the second half and a few good saves from their keeper, I do feel like maybe we could’ve won it, but maybe I’m just being greedy,”
Myles Anderson made his Torquay United debut after joining from Barrow earlier in the week and the player-manager was pleased with the defender’s instant impact.
“I thought Myles was solid. He did everything that I hoped he would. The back line overall looked solid. ‘Gints’ (McGinty) was doing what ‘Gints’ does. ‘Snoop’ (Rowe-Turner) again, he’s a quiet one but he gets on with his job. ‘Yazz’ (Hodgkiss) has brought that experience that we’re crying out for. He’s so calm and clever, he’s like a coach out there. Ruairi didn’t get long to make a mark but he puts himself about as you saw for the five minutes he was on. There was a lot of good stuff, I’m not disappointed but I’m not the over the moon,”
During the second half midfielder, Luke Young was forced off with an injury and Nicholson revealed exactly what happened.
“I think it was the last tackle of the first half, he went in and it just tweaked something in his groin. He had a bit of treatment at half time and everything looked ok but I think he overreached in the second half and something went there and that’s just unfortunate.” Nicholson said.