Gary Johnson: I want to see my team attack as well as defend

Torbay Weekly

Manager Gary Johnson says the sort of dramatic 2-2 draw which Torquay United earned at big-spending Chesterfield must not be the height of their ambitions, and he wants forthcoming loan signings to help turn the Gulls into National League promotion contenders again.

United, who meet Wealdstone at Plainmoor this Saturday (3pm) and Boreham Wood away next Tuesday, trailed 2-0 in front of BT Sport cameras in Derbyshire.

But Armani Little cut the deficit with two minutes left and, in the 95th minute, sub Tom Lapslie was on the end of Little's corner just before home captain Curtis Weston sliced the ball into his own net.

"The boys have picked up four points from two difficult games (Southend 1-0, Chesterfield)," said Johnson.

"But we've got to go to these places and believe that we have enough to win, not be happy when we draw.

"We defended very well last Saturday, but I want to see my team attack at least 50/50, even if we've gone to a top of the league team, and I would prefer 60/40.

"If you want to win the league, you've got to be the best."

Johnson, who has often used the loan market to good effect, said: "Some people talk about the players who left us in the summer, but they don't seem to mention the two loan lads, Sam Sherring (AFC Bournemouth) and Adam Randell (Plymouth Argyle).

"They played more games than anyone else and were a massive part of what we did last year. They're both in League One now.

"At this moment in time, we've got no loans.

"But we are identifying the right people, not just for their ability but also in personality and how they can have the same impact that Sam and Adam did.

"Hopefully, that will bear fruit soon."

Meanwhile, teenage midfielder Alex Moyse has followed Olaf Kozsela on loan to Tiverton Town, while defender Louie Slough is at Bideford and midfielder Scott Piper at Willand Rovers.