Torquay United manager Kevin Nicholson had a lot to say in the build up to Torquay’s vital game with Chester writes Tom Feaheny.
But the Plainmoor boss refused to make headlines by having a pop at his players despite a loss which could be damning come the end of the season.
Torquay knew the importance of victory but lost 1-0 and with a demanding run in they have a lot of work to do to stop themselves sliding into the Vanarama National League.
Chester captain Sam Hughes stole the points 10 minutes from the end of the match and left the ten Gulls gutted.
They are back in the relegation zone but things are tight.
Nicholson told new owners Gaming International to be more transparent on Friday but his post match thoughts weren’t as critical.
He said: “I’m proud of the players, I’ll be totally honest.
“You won’t hear many managers say that after losing at home, in our position and with this long to go but they didn’t deserve to lose that game.
“We had ten men and I thought we were absolutely outstanding in the second half.
“We have just got to keep working at it now. If we show that desire we have a good chance of staying in the league.”