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The Factfile: Torquay United

25 February 2014

A look ahead to tonight's opponents

LAST RESULT: Torquay United 0-1 Accrington Stanley, Sky Bet League 2, 22nd February 2014

FORM (LAST TEN GAMES): Won: 2, Drawn: 2, Lost: 6

With eight points taken from a possible 30, the Gulls have gone on a dip in form at a bad time of the season.

Currently five points adrift of safety, losing their last three, Torquay will be hoping to reverse their fortunes tonight and climb away from danger.

There was a slight upturn in form when new manager Chris Hargreaves took over, recording important wins against AC Wimbledon and Portsmouh, but they’ve struggled in recent weeks and were beaten -0 at home by Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

The Brewers will be hoping to record a win after going three games without victory, drawing with Dagenham & Redbridge and Rochdale, but were beaten 2-0 at Bristol Rovers on Friday night.

THE GAFFER – CHRIS HARGREAVES

Torquay boss Chris Hargreaves has been in the role for just over a month, having taken over from Alan Knill at the beginning of January. This is Hargreaves’ first job as manager, having previously been first-team coach under Eddie Howe at AFC Bournemouth.

Hargreaves enjoyed a long playing career in the lower divisions, playing for Grimsby Town, Hull City, Hereford United, Plymouth Argyle, Northampton Tow, Brentford, Torquay United and Oxford United, where he finished his career in 2010.

HEAD TO HEAD:
Torquay United Wins: 5
Draws: 3
Burton Albion Wins: 6

LAST TIME WE MET:
Tuesday 22nd October 2013, Sky Bet League 2, Pirelli Stadium
Burton Albion 2-0 Torquay United

The Brewers kept pace on the top seven with their second home win of the season.

With the game poised at 0-0 at half-time, goals from Jimmy Phillips and Adam McGurk in the last 20 minutes secured the win for Albion to keep themselves only five points off top spot.

ONE TO WATCH – KARL HAWLEY

An accomplished lower league centre forward, Hawley has so far scored three goals for struggling Torquay this season, as well as assisting three more. 

Hawley made his name for Carlisle United, signing for the Cumbrians in 2004 as they returned to the Football League. His best season was 2005-06, in which he scored 22 times as Carlisle won promotion to League One. Hawley was joint top-scorer in the division and was named in the PFA Team of the year.

Since leaving Carlisle in 2007 he’s struggled to replicate his scoring form, playing for the likes of Preston North End, Northampton Town, Notts County and Scunthorpe United.

Hawley’s last goal came in Torquay’s 3-1 defeat to Exeter City in December 2013.

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