Torquay United manager Gary Johnson and deputy manager Aaron Downes - Credit: TGSPHOTO / Alamy Stock Photo

'One more forward' need to complete Torquay United squad rebuild

Dave Thomas

'One more forward' is in manager Gary Johnson's thinking as he nears the completion of his squad rebuild at Torquay United.

The Gulls remain unbeaten in pre-season after a 0-0 draw with League Two Newport County, and they haven't conceded a goal ahead of further friendlies at Plainmoor against League One Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night (7.45pm) and Exeter City on Saturday.

Things got a little heated at the weekend, with Newport visibly not happy at times with Torquay's wholehearted approach, but Johnson said: "I thought it was a really good aggressive game - the sort you would get in League Two or the National League.

"We showed a will to win, and with a bit of luck in and around the penalty area, we might have got it. So did they, and I think they are a couple of weeks ahead of us.

"We've got some really good players, who we will see more of. We saw glimpses, but we haven't got our combination play quite going yet.

"There's a lot more power and pace to come from Corie (Andrews), and the same with (fellow striker) Aaron Jarvis."

Left-back Dan Martin's ankle injury forced Johnson to play attacker Kieron Evans in his place, prompting Johnson to comment: "Kieron showed his football prowess even at left wing-back.

"But we may have to get one more forward in, just in case."

Also absent were experienced midfield duo Tom Lapslie and skipper Asa Hall, both because they are nursing niggling injuries.

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