Torquay United head coach Gary Owers blamed a ‘lethargic’ first-half display for the 1-0 defeat at Oxford City which halted the Gulls’ three-match unbeaten run at the start of the National League South season, report Devon Live.

“We lost the game because of the first half performance, which wasn’t good enough by any stretch of the imagination,” said Owers.

“We played well in the second half – probably as well as we have played this season – and we had Oxford defending as we should have done in the first half.

“Their goal looked offside, but I am not going to start talking about referees now.

“It was a wake-up call – that’s what the players are already saying in the dressing-room – because you have to come to places like this and do enough to win.”

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