Alan Knill's first game in interim charge of Torquay ended in defeat by second-placed Port Vale, who kept the pressure on leaders Gillingham.

The only goal of the game came when Doug Loft's 25-yard strike deflected off team-mate Calvin Andrew and found the bottom corner.

Torquay went close through Rene Howe and Billy Bodin but both were denied by visiting goalkeeper Chris Neal.

Torquay, who have now lost six in a row, are four points off the drop zone.

Knill has taken charge at Plainmoor until the end of the season while manager Martin Ling recovers from a debilitating illness.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Torquay United interim manager Alan Knill told BBC Radio Devon:

"I have to say the players were excellent. If we keep giving that sort of commitment, we just need a little more quality, I'm sure we'll be OK.

"I thought there were a couple of shouts for things that we didn't get, but that's how it is - I thought their goal was a foul on us, but the referee doesn't give it, it cost us in the end.

"We've just competed really well against the top of the league (side). It was how I expected Plainmoor to be, the crowd was behind the team and I'm sure it will turn around quickly."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (3)

Torquay

  • 01 Poke
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 04 Downes (MacDonald - 24' )
  • 05 Saah
  • 12 Leadbitter
  • 07 Mansell
  • 15 Bodin (Macklin - 68' )
  • 18 Easton
  • 08 Jarvis
  • 09 Howe
  • 26 Benyon

Substitutes

  • 13 Rice
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 21 Cruise
  • 06 Lathrope
  • 29 Thompson
  • 14 Macklin
  • 23 Yeoman

Port Vale

  • 01 Neal
  • 05 McCombe
  • 06 Purse Booked
  • 24 Duffy
  • 36 Jones
  • 07 Loft
  • 09 Myrie-Williams
  • 23 Burge Booked (Morsy - 66' )
  • 10 Vincent
  • 11 Pope
  • 16 Andrew

Substitutes

  • 32 Boot
  • 02 Yates
  • 03 Taylor
  • 15 Shuker
  • 18 Morsy
  • 26 Birchall
  • 08 Dodds
Ref: Hill
Att: 2,679

Match Stats

Shots

8 9

On target

6 3

Corners

4 4

Fouls

14 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:17 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +0:38

Rene Howe is caught offside. Chris Neal takes the indirect free kick.

89:30

Unfair challenge on Darren Purse by Rene Howe results in a free kick. Darren Purse takes the free kick.

84:39

Lloyd Macklin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Duffy. Direct free kick taken by Richard Duffy.

82:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tom Pope by Angus MacDonald. Richard Duffy takes the direct free kick.

81:40

Foul by Lloyd Macklin on Richard Duffy, free kick awarded. Chris Neal takes the direct free kick.

79:57

Jennison Myrie-Williams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brian Saah. Michael Poke restarts play with the free kick.

71:19

Calvin Andrew takes a shot. Save made by Michael Poke.

70:52

Calvin Andrew takes a shot. Save by Michael Poke.

70:36

Elliot Benyon takes a shot. Comfortable save by Chris Neal.

69:30

Corner taken by Kevin Nicholson from the right by-line played to the near post, save by Chris Neal.

67:19

Effort from 35 yards by Lee Mansell went wide right of the goal.

67:19 Substitution

Substitution Lloyd Macklin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Billy Bodin.

66:25

Darren Purse concedes a free kick for a foul on Rene Howe. Kevin Nicholson crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Darren Purse.

65:33 Substitution

Substitution (Port Vale) makes a substitution, with Sam Morsy coming on for Ryan Burge.

64:29

Unfair challenge on Tom Pope by Lee Mansell results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richard Duffy.

63:54

The official flags Rene Howe offside. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Neal.

63:06

Ryan Burge concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Easton. Lee Mansell restarts play with the free kick.

61:28

Corner taken by Ryan Burge played to the near post, Foul by Calvin Andrew on Lee Mansell, free kick awarded. Michael Poke restarts play with the free kick.

60:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Elliot Benyon on Darren Purse. Chris Neal takes the direct free kick.

59:29

Calvin Andrew has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

54:56

Kevin Nicholson delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing.

54:56 Booking

Booking Darren Purse booked for unsporting behaviour.

54:52

Darren Purse concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Leadbitter.

54:08

Angus MacDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Pope. Darren Purse takes the free kick.

53:26

Billy Bodin produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.

52:12

Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Burge, save made by Michael Poke.

50:31

Rene Howe concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Duffy. Chris Neal takes the direct free kick.

50:06

Foul by Ryan Burge on Craig Easton, free kick awarded. Lee Mansell takes the direct free kick.

49:00

The referee blows for offside against Calvin Andrew. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Poke.

48:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Elliot Benyon on Ashley Vincent. Darren Purse takes the free kick.

47:40

Corner taken by Ryan Burge played to the near post.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +4:05 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:15

Craig Easton takes a shot. Comfortable save by Chris Neal.

45:00 +0:31

Effort on goal by Jennison Myrie-Williams from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

42:49

The official flags Tom Pope offside. Kevin Nicholson takes the indirect free kick.

41:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Elliot Benyon by Ryan Burge. Ryan Jarvis takes the free kick.

38:58

Rene Howe takes a shot. Chris Neal makes a comfortable save.

37:30

Foul by John McCombe on Rene Howe, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Lee Mansell from right channel, save made by Chris Neal.

35:50

John McCombe challenges Elliot Benyon unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Lee Mansell from right wing, clearance made by Darren Purse.

34:21

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ryan Burge, clearance made by Brian Saah.

33:40

Tom Pope produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.

30:36

Foul by Kevin Nicholson on Jennison Myrie-Williams, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Ryan Burge, save by Michael Poke.

29:41

Lee Mansell concedes a free kick for a foul on Calvin Andrew. Darren Purse restarts play with the free kick.

27:55

Assist on the goal came from Doug Loft. The referee blows for offside. Michael Poke takes the indirect free kick.

27:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Calvin Andrew - Torquay 0 - 1 Port Vale A goal is scored by Calvin Andrew from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Torquay 0-1 Port Vale.

27:04

Tom Pope has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

26:42

Craig Easton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Pope. Ryan Burge takes the direct free kick.

26:23

Foul by Jennison Myrie-Williams on Kevin Nicholson, free kick awarded. Kevin Nicholson takes the direct free kick.

23:36

Brian Saah takes the direct free kick.

23:36 Substitution

Substitution Angus MacDonald is brought on as a substitute for Aaron Downes.

23:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Burge on Craig Easton.

17:08

Corner taken by Kevin Nicholson, clearance made by Darren Purse.

15:57

Billy Bodin has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Chris Neal.

15:57 Booking

Booking Ryan Burge is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

15:50

Foul by Ryan Burge on Lee Mansell, free kick awarded.

15:07

Elliot Benyon handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Chris Neal takes the free kick.

14:53

Tom Pope concedes a free kick for a foul on Brian Saah. Free kick taken by Brian Saah.

12:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Doug Loft on Lee Mansell. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

9:57

Header on goal by Doug Loft from just inside the area goes over the target.

9:16

Ryan Jarvis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Doug Loft. Darren Purse takes the direct free kick.

8:24

Craig Easton takes a shot. Save made by Chris Neal.

6:14

Kevin Nicholson concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Duffy. Chris Neal restarts play with the free kick.

5:53

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Kevin Nicholson played to the near post, clearance made by John McCombe.

5:32

Rene Howe takes a shot. Save made by Chris Neal.

4:40

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kevin Nicholson played to the near post, Doug Loft makes a clearance.

2:59

Effort from the edge of the box by Jennison Myrie-Williams goes wide of the right-hand upright.

1:28

Unfair challenge on Daniel Leadbitter by Calvin Andrew results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Poke.

0:00

The game begins.

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