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Fletcher believes Pilgrims got what they deserved from derby

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 27, 2012

Carl Fletcher

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Argyle manager Carl Fletcher was relieved Argyle came away from their Devon derby against Torquay United at Home Park with a point.

Fletcher thought the 1-1 Boxing Day draw, in front of a 10,000-plus attendance, was the least the Pilgrims deserved.

Torquay had taken the lead in the 78th minute with a goal from centre-back Aaron Downes.

But Argyle made it three draws out of three in Devon derbies this season as second-year apprentice Tyler Harvey grabbed a late equaliser.

Fletcher said: "I thought we played really well and pretty much dominated the game.

"To fall behind was disappointing but our reaction was good. We had a few chances after they [Torquay] scored before we got the goal.

"I felt that was the least we deserved today.

"We were on the front foot and we took the game to Torquay. We created numerous chances and could have had a few more goals.

"But, from being a goal down with not long left, we are pleased to get the equaliser."

Fletcher claimed Argyle should have been awarded a penalty in the 83rd minute for a foul on midfielder Conor Hourihane by Torquay's Craig Easton.

Instead, referee Graham Salisbury showed a yellow card to Hourihane for diving.

Fletcher said: "I thought it was a penalty. I think it's just the way it's going at the minute. Everyone is talking about diving all the time so the referees feel they have got to do something about it.

"To be fair, the referee had a good game apart from that and the free-kick he gave against Pursey [Argyle captain Darren Purse], which eventually led to their goal."

Fletcher added: "We had lots of half chances and things were getting blocked and they weren't falling to us.

"All you can do is keep plugging away and keep trying to do the right things and eventually it will turn for you. We did that today, and I thought we had a real good performance.

"We would have loved three points but it's our third Devon derby this season and we are still undefeated so that's a positive to take out of the game."

Torquay manager Martin Ling commented: "Even though the late goal kills you, I think a draw was a fair result."

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