APART from picking the ball out of his net twice in a costly eight-minute spell midway through the first half, Torquay United goalkeeper Martin Rice did not have a serious save to make until stoppage-time at Rodney Parade on Saturday.
But as the old Notts County manager Jimmy Sirrell used to say: "The score is what matters. The rest is only gossip."
United were Newport County's match is nearly every department, and their second-half display deserved more than the excellent goal scored within four minutes of his introduction by new loan signing Ade Azeez.
But that two-goal deficit proved to be more than they could retrieve, just.
If there was one area where County looked stronger, it was in defence, and there were reasons for that.
For a start, Ambers manager Justin Edinburgh played with three centre-backs, all of whom played well. And, more importantly as it turned out, United were without their experienced Aussie Aaron Downes because of an injury sustained in training on Thursday.
Without another fit central defender, Gulls boss Alan Knill had to press left-back Tom Cruise into service in the middle, alongside Krystian Pearce, who had himself been taken ill during the same training session which had seen Downes injured.
Club stalwart Kevin Nicholson, who had asked to be made available for loan after Cruise replaced him for the 4-2 home win over Cheltenham seven days before, returned at left-back.
Pearce answered the call, even though he was not feeling 100 per cent, and there was nobody who ended up playing better than him on the day.
Mindful of Downes' absence and keen to try and disrupt County's 3-5-2 formation, Knill opted to introduce an extra midfielder, Damon Lathrope, in a 4-3-3 formation, and he also played two wingers, Jordan Chapell and Billy Bodin, in an attempt to drag two of Newport's centre-backs out of the middle.
County may have been on top territorially, but the plan worked pretty well for the first 25 minutes.
There were no great alarms at the back for United, while Harry Worley twice had to throw himself to foil Chapell and Bodin, and Callum Ball had a deflected shot held by former Exeter goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley after a slick move involving Bodin, Lathrope and Ben Harding.
So when Newport were allowed to score a soft opening goal in the 28th minute, it was a real let-down, as well as undoing plenty of good, if unspectacular, work.
Ismail Yakubu had no challengers as he rose at the far post to head home Robbie Willmott's diagonal cross from the right.
United responded positively, Ball volleying over after Bodin had a shot blocked. But only eight minutes after Yakubu's header, Newport scored again.
Wing-back Andrew Hughes sent Conor Washington away down the left, his pace was too much for Cruise, who had been pulled across the back-line, and the promising young striker timed his low cross well for Danny Crow to hit the roof of the net from eight yards.
Bodin just failed to finish an inviting cross by Chapell on the stroke of half-time, to compound United's frustration.
Chapell had taken a knock in the first half, and it was he who made way for Azeez after 54 minutes.
Some Gulls fans weren't happy that the four-goal winger was the man removed, but they did not know the full reason for his withdrawal. And anyway, it looked like a good decision from Knill only four minutes later.
Azeez took a throw from Dale Tonge, turned and cut in towards the penalty area, played a one-two with Harding and then steadied himself before slipping an angled shot past Pidgeley.
From then on it was all United. Bodin, who headed a good chance wide from Tonge's cross and then forced two good saves from Pidgeley, Azeez and Pearce all went close.
Bodin was also booked for 'simulation', a decision disputed by Knill who believed he had been fouled in the area.
But, even though substitute Karl Hawley had two shots blocked, the equaliser just wouldn't come.
In the third minute of stoppage time Washington managed to dash clear, only for Rice to advance off his line and make a fine save. And even then United nearly snatched a point.
They went straight to the other end, Azeez controlled an upfield ball from Pearce on the edge of the area, and his 20-yard shot skimmed a yard wide of the left-hand post, with Pidgeley almost certainly beaten.