Alan Knill believes Torquay's point at Accrington has given his side a platform to build on after they avoided a club-record eighth straight defeat.

The clash between the relegation rivals only really came to life in the final minutes, Will Hatfield seeing a goal ruled out for offside before Gulls goalkeeper Michael Poke denied James Gray.

With the final kick of the game, Torquay could have won it themselves but Paul Rachubka kept out a Kevin Nicholson free-kick.

"I will take a point," said Knill afterwards. "It was so important that if we didn't win we didn't lose and this stops the run of seven defeats and has given us something to build on.

"We have been working hard and we have put in a battling performance as you have to do when you come to Accrington.

"We are trying to get confidence into the players to play their passing game and we showed that more.

"I don't think either side did enough to win the game and neither side deserved to lose it. This has given us a glimmer of hope."

Stanley boss Leam Richardson, whose side are one place and one point above the drop zone in League Two, is also keen to boost his squad after on-loan defender Mark Hughes was ruled out for the rest of the season with a calf injury.

But he was more furious after he had watched Hatfield's goal - which was ruled out for offside in the 86th minute - and felt the officials made the wrong decision.

"He wasn't just onside, he was miles onside," said Richardson, whose side are unbeaten in three. "It was embarrassing and a few decisions like that have happened to us this season and they add up. These could prove costly for us and can affect people's lives."