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Mansell: Home form cost us

Captain Lee Mansell believes Torquay paid the price for their home form and lack of goals after relegation back to the Conference.

The Gulls returned to the fifth tier of English football on Saturday afternoon after five years as a League Two side having won just four games and scored a meagre 18 goals at Plainmoor all season and managed just 42 goals in 45 games.

"It's gut-wrenching, heart-breaking - all rolled into one," Mansell told the Herald Express.

"And it feels like it makes a mockery of the two years we worked so hard to get out of the Conference last time.

"Over the whole season we haven't done enough to survive, but I think things have clicked a little too late for us.

"We have got a settled team now and we are producing performances which match the best teams in the division, but our biggest problem has been goalscoring all season and, of course, our home form.

"Winning at home has been our biggest bugbear. We are a good enough side to stay in this division now, but we haven't been consistent enough over the whole season."