Gary Johnson pleased with the point

Torquay United manager Gary Johnson on the touchline during the Vanarama National League Match betwe

Torquay United manager Gary Johnson on the touchline during the Vanarama National League Match between Notts County and Torquay United at Meadow Lane, Nottingham on Jan 23rd - PHOTO: Steve Bond/PPAUK - Credit: Steve Bond/Pinnacle

Torquay United manager Gary Johnson was more than happy with a hard-fought 0-0 draw at Notts County which didn’t just cement the Gulls’ lead but eased it out to nine points at the top of the National League.  

United’s result and Sutton United’s 3-0 home win over ten-man Eastleigh sets up an even more important meeting between the new top-two at Plainmoor on Tuesday night.  

Sutton leapfrogged over Hartlepool, who suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at lowly Weymouth, while Stockport (4th) were held 1-1 by Boreham Wood at Edgeley Park.  

“I genuinely believe it’s a better point for us than it is for them,” said Johnson after the Notts game. “It wasn’t just a good point on the road, it was a good point at Notts County.  

“It was important that we stopped them winning the game, but we went for it and so did they.  
“There were a few chances at both ends, but there probably wasn’t lots of fine, beautiful football, because both teams were trying to close down very quickly.”  

County boss Neal Ardley said: “I think a draw is probably a fair result. It was a tough game, they had great energy and it was two good teams which respect what the other is trying to do.  

“They are top of the league for a reason, but I can’t fault our effort and tempo and, if they are the best team in the league, we’re not a million miles behind.” 

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