Purver Looking Forward To Hosting Torquay

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Lions midfielder Alex Purver is looking forward to Torquay United coming to Nethermoor on Saturday, kick-off is at 3pm. 

Following Saturday’s 6-0 loss at Aldershot Adam Lockwood saw the reaction he demanded on Tuesday night with a 0-0 draw at home to Tranmere Rovers.

The Lions are still looking for their first win of the season following an opening day 2-2 draw with Ebbsfleet United and a 1-0 reverse at Gateshead.

Torquay United are also without a win, as well as facing familiar opponents, following an opening day 0-0 draw at home to Tranmere Rovers, a 3-2 defeat at Aldershot, a 3-0 loss at Gateshead and Tuesday night’s 4-2 defeat at home to Boreham Wood.

A start that saw Kevin Nicholson part company with The Gulls on Thursday leaving Assistant Manager Robbie Herrera to take charge of Saturday’s match.

Speaking after Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw with Tranmere Rovers boss Adam Lockwood said “They have come to try and beat us on our patch, I thought we had some good chances and some good play. We defended very well.”

“I’d like to mention Joe Green, he came in for his debut he is a young lad with a great future ahead of him. That is what I want people pushing people to improve standards and performances. For a young lad to come in for a game against what people say are one of the favorites to win the league, I thought he was outstanding.”

“I thought the front two were exceptional against a good back four, we caused them problems.”

Reflecting on his team selection Lockwood said “Picking the team was a tough decision tonight, there were members of my squad who were in my starting line up and not on the bench the next. That’s through no fault of their own, it is where we are at as a group.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s fixture the boss said “Anyone who comes and watches this level of football knows you are in for a tough, tough game. You have to be right and on your game to stand a chance of getting results or points. They will be a good side I know that, we have to do things right and be on our game.”

Alex Purver who signed permanently for the club in the Summer was pleased with a return to the starting 11 on Tuesday “We’re happy with our performance and happy to get the point at home.”

The 21 year-old also joked about his nose “I think every time I get a bash on it it is going to start bleeding now, I broke it last week at Gateshead. I don’t mind as long as we get a good performance and result.”

Ahead of the fifth fixture of the season Purver said “It is another big game, I know it is early in the season but it is a really big game for us so I am looking forward to it. We want to win every game we can and Saturday is no different.

“Obviously we bought a few new players in, we are still getting used to the lads how different people play, different personalities, it is not going to happen overnight but I think we are starting to get those few little relationships and combinations all over the pitch.”

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