Alan Knill blasted Torquay's lack of focus after conceding two late goals in a 2-0 FA Cup loss to Rochdale at Plainmoor.
Scott Hogan fired Dale ahead on 85 minutes from 12 yards and then saw another of his shots saved by home keeper Martin Rice.
However, Rice could not hold the strike and Peter Vincenti followed up to thrash the ball in off the underside of the bar and send Dale into round two.
Knill said: "It was pretty disappointing against a very good side. We lacked creativity and we have to be careful not to just go back to front as quickly as we can when we have got Paul McCallum in the team - we ask the players to pass it.
"It looked like it was going to go 0-0 but we just switched off, and they got behind us, and score. One-nil so late on makes it difficult, and then they get the second.
"I have got to be honest, we didn't play well. If you don't play well, don't lose. It gets to 80 minutes and you think we will take it back there (to Rochdale) but we just switched off.
"There wasn't that much in it against a side that technically are very good and can play.
"Their keeper hasn't made that many saves but neither has mine. It took us maybe 15 minutes to get to grips with the shape they were playing but after that there wasn't much in it.
"Now we have to pick ourselves up and go again because we have got Chesterfield here in the league next week and they are another team - like Rochdale - that are going to be there or thereabouts at the top of this league at the end of the season."