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League Two

Chris Hargreaves sets Torquay United target

21 April 2014

Torquay United manager Chris Hargreaves has challenged his players to win their last two games and see where it takes them after their unlikely fight to avoid relegation from the Football League was boosted by a 2-1 Devon derby win at Exeter City.

The Gulls were 45 minutes from being relegated at the home of their neighbours after Scot Bennett had given the Grecians a 1-0 half-time lead. But Torquay looked a different side after the break and won the game with two goals in quick succession from Courtney Cameron and substitute Ashley Yeoman.

The result leaves Torquay five points adrift of safety with two games to go and Hargreaves said: "It is out of our hands, that's for sure.

"All we can do now is go and win two games. The previous results are irrelevant now, we can't get them back. It has been a culmination of 18 months or two years of poor decision-making and that has to change eventually doesn't it?

"I have found it harder than I probably thought I would because of money and facilities, so I have to work out a way of getting young lads into the team and doing it that way because we can't sign someone on two grand a week like all the other clubs in League Two.

"I was really pleased with our reaction to going behind. They could have wilted, but as soon as we got that equaliser you could see it lift the players and the fans suddenly got interested.

"I thought we could have got another one before we came under a bit of pressure, but we rode it out and thoroughly deserved it I think. I thought we were the better team."

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale could not hide his disappointment after seeing his side throw away their chance of securing their place in League Two for next season.

"You won't be surprised to hear that I am bitterly disappointed,`` said Tisdale, whose side stay two points above the relegation zone.

``It was a game we were desperate to win, but we didn't play well enough and we have lost the game.

"I am very disappointed and I have to temper that with thoughts of the last two games. It hurts and I am upset and disappointed, but I have to make sure that we keep our focus and our togetherness for the next two games.

"This weekend has been symptomatic of our form, our play, our season, and our team. We went to Chesterfield on Friday and we looked like a promotion team and we should have won the game, albeit we couldn't put the ball in the net. And then today, we have struggled at home.

"I have a lot of thoughts about it, but there is not a lot you can do about it during the season because we are not a team that can refresh with players mid-season, so even if I see issues in September or October, we can't change.``

On Exeter's survival chances, Tisdale added: "It is in our hands. We are playing against a very good team [Scunthorpe] next week, but that shouldn't hold any more fear for us than a game against Torquay because you've seen our form and our record against the teams in our league and I don't think we should fear playing Scunthorpe next week.``

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