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Cox calls for pro-active approach

19 October 2013

Manager Paul Cox believes that our side should have been more ‘pro-active’ in their approach, during the latter stages of our clash with Torquay United.

The Gulls had Krystian Pearce sent-off for a second bookable offence on 68 minutes, but survived to hold us to a 0-0 draw.

Our boss said: “We need to be a little bit more patient when teams go down to 10 men and take our chances when they arrive.

“We couldn’t have done anymore [to try and get a winner]. We used all of our substitutions in trying to be positive, but we still need to put the ball in the back of the net.

“We’ve got no divine right to go anywhere and expect to win and the positives are that we’ve come away from home and kept a clean sheet.

“But when a team goes down to 10 men for the last 20 minutes, you want to play on the ‘front foot’ more and create a few more chances.”

Cox continued: “I thought when we went to 4-4-2, we could have done a little bit better, but I’m not going to be too harsh on the lads.

“They’ve travelled an awful long way and they’ve worked extremely hard. That’s all I can ask of them and the squad is working extremely hard.

“But in terms of being sophisticated in the second half, we tried to ‘knock the back door down’ when sometimes all you need to do is turn the key and unlock the door.”

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