Torquay United manager Gary Johnson - Credit: Pinnacle

Gulls manager Gary Johnson draws line under 2022 campaign

Torbay Weekly

Manager Gary Johnson was quick to draw a line under a rare mid-table campaign after a 1-1 last-day draw at Southend United left the Gulls in eleventh place in the National League.

Midfielder Chiori Johnson's first league goal for the club on the stroke of half-time should have been a springboard for an 18th win of the season, especially when Southend defender Jason Demetriou was sent off on the hour-mark.

But injury-hit Torquay faded in the last half-hour and the Shrimpers' ten men fought back to equalise through James Dunne in the 75th minute.

"I thought we did OK in the first half - we stuck to the plan, we shut them down and created five or six chances," said Johnson.

"And then we had a very, very poor second half.

"We looked devoid of ideas, and I'm not sure how many of my lads realised that they only had ten men, because we certainly didn't play like they only had ten men.

"That was like our season - one half decent and one half poor.

"But I've said my final bit to some of the lads who won't be coming back, and we are excited about the new group.

"We know what we've got to do.  We've had more time to pick and choose from the people who might be available.

"We are excited by the ones we are hoping to bring in.

"More people have to have football intelligence to compete at this level, and that's what we've got to find."