Dejected Harrop sees the light

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Torquay caretaker-boss Geoff Harrop was pleased with his side's display after they lost 1-1 at home to Morecambe despite dominating.

Morecambe defender Robbie Threlfall latched on to a Torquay clearance in the 83rd minute to send a 20-yard drive back in over a packed penalty area and beyond the outstretched reach of goalkeeper Michael Poke off the underside of the crossbar to cancel out Aaron Downes' 17th-minute opener.

Downes had powered home a header from Damon Lathrope's corner from the left.

Lathrope was one of five players recalled to the Torquay starting XI by caretaker Harrop, the club's director of youth.

Another of those five recalled players, Elliot Benyon, saw his header come back off the crossbar while strike partner Karl Hawley also hit the post in a first half dominated by the hosts.

Harrop said: "All-in-all I don't think we have had a shot to save and I was really disappointed with the result because three points were there to be taken.

"The guys have set some great standards and I can't really ask anymore of them.

"On a really heavy pitch they have worked their socks off and I think the home supporters appreciated that.

"It was great to see the fans stay behind at the end to cheer the players off and you can see they are fully behind the players, which is really important.

"The fans were magnificent, they kept us going when we had some tired legs out there.

"I also thought the back four were magnificent because we had to stay strong.

"They kept to their jobs, it's just unfortunate that a wonder strike has dampened our spirits.

"But we come in again next week and the boys now know the standard that's required at this football club and if you want to be part of it then you have got to come up to scratch.

"As you could see from this performance they are fully behind what we are trying to do."