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Chris Hargreaves tries to lift Torquay United

1 March 2014

Torquay United boss Chris Hargreaves admits it is time to try and pick up his players off the floor after a 3-0 thumping at Hartlepool.

While his Gulls played some nice football, they lacked any punch up front and were well beaten, remaining bottom of the Football League.

Goals from Jack Barmby, Luke James and Marlon Harewood earned Pools a comfortable win, but left Hargreaves admitting he has one hell of a job on his hands to keep the Gulls in the Football League.

"There's no throwing tea cups around, the lads are low already - the time for throwing tea cups is long gone,'' admitted Hargreaves after a fifth game without a win.

"After conceding the first we had shots and created good chances, more from distance, but did enough to be at least level after 60 minutes.

"Conceding the second is a confidence killer and I've got to pick the boys up, do some work, pick 11 players to win next week.''

The Gulls best chance came on the stroke of half time, but Elliott Benyon was denied by a strong Scott Flinders save.

And it was game over as soon as James headed in the second in the 55th minute.

"It's very disappointing, I thought we did well first half, passed the ball well and were the better passing team,'' added Hargreaves.

"We created three really good chances, but we have to score - simple story, you have to score when you are on top.

"We conceded the first against the run of play and at half time I said they had done well - and then we go and concede from a corner, a basic in football and from then we are chasing it.

"We conceded a third when we were caught out going for a goal ourselves - I think the second goal and the manner we conceded it is more annoying than the third.''

For Pools boss Colin Cooper he got the response he wanted after losing meekly to Northampton the previous week.

Barmby's classy finish in the 31st minute and James' neat header were capped off by Harewood's first goal for the club - and they remain in contention for the play-offs.

"We wanted a response after losing at Northampton and, despite the results, this wasn't easy," Cooper said. "I've seen Torquay play and they might be bottom of the league, but they will still try and play football.

"Our three goals are really nice finishes - Jack Barmby's was very crisp. Luke James from a set-piece from a clever run in case the corner was scuffed, and it was pretty much scuffed.

"But he gets a flick on to get it across goal and, with Torquay not putting a man on the posts, it goes in through a crowd.

"And the last one, as soon as he was clear Marlon was always going to score, I was sure of it going in when he was one-on-one and that's the extra quality Marlon has.''

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