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Hargreaves hails Gulls fight

Chris Hargreaves hailed the fierce desire of his players to stay up after seeing Torquay grab a dramatic late winner against Bury.

Substitute Ashley Yeoman completed a dream comeback to give Torquay a 2-1 win and three more crucial points in their fight against relegation from League Two.

Yeoman, recently returned from a loan spell at Dorchester, came on with 15 minutes to go and as the game moved into injury time he pounced to score the winner, driving in a loose ball from eight yards out.

Club captain Lee Mansell returned to the Gulls team in place of Joss Labadie, who started a 10-match ban for allegedly biting an opponent, and he gave the hosts the lead after eight minutes when he headed home a clipped cross from the right by Dale Tonge.

Bury levelled in the 66th minute when a free-kick broke to Clive Platt inside the Torquay box and he drove the ball past goalkeeper Martin Rice with his left foot.

Hargreaves said: "Most of the country expects Torquay to go down, so we know people have written us off, but inside our dressing room there is still a fierce desire to stay up.

"I still believe, the same as I did when I first took over.

"If we can beat Newport here on Saturday, that will make it nine points out of 12, and we will have a major chance of staying up."

Home-grown striker Yeoman had only just returned from a loan spell at non-League Dorchester, and Hargreaves said: "Their manager Phil Simpkin asked if he could keep Ashley and Nathan Craig, but I said 'No, sorry, I need them both back'.

"I've always like Ash as a player, but when I arrived back he just didn't look like the player I saw before.

"I let him go out to Dorchester knowing he was still in my plans. He's a natural goalscorer, and he got in where it counted."

Hargreaves added: "I'm so pleased that Lee Mansell has also scored as well - he produced a captain's performance and a great goal.

"It's hard being the captain of a club that's struggling because you feel responsible for everything.

"It was a very important win, but I thought it was fully deserved on the balance of play and chances created."