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League Two

Knill delight at Torquay safety

28 April 2013

Torquay boss Alan Knill spoke of his delight after steering the Gulls to npower League Two safety with a 3-3 draw with Bristol Rovers.

Elliot Benyon grabbed two goals either side of Ryan Jarvis' header only for Matt Harrold to net a late leveller in a dramatic afternoon.

Knill said: "The most important thing is that these players will be playing in League Two next season.

"I think they are (Football) League players. We just lacked a little bit of belief when I came in but slowly and surely we have got that belief back.

"I have got to say it was a great game for the neutral but awful for the manager but we got the point that we wanted. I think we are all disappointed we did not get three points though because we all wanted to finish on three wins.

"Usually at this times of the season my teams have been really strong and I thankfully Torquay have been strong. I have enjoyed every minute of it here and a big thank you to the players, directors and supporters."

In a topsy-turvy game Tom Hitchcock put Rovers ahead in the 31st minute, looping the ball over Michael Poke, who then saved an early second half penalty from Lee Brown.

Benyon levelled in the 51st minute but minutes later Torquay's Jarvis headed Brown's free kick past his own goalkeeper.

Jarvis atoned by making it 2-2 before setting up Benyon for his second of the game six minutes later. But Rovers left with a point after Harrold marked his first appearance since September with a stoppage time leveller at the end of a match which Pirates boss John Ward really enjoyed.

And he said: "It was really exciting and a typical English football end of season game. There were two teams out there that were at each other right the way through the 90 minutes."

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