A WIN would've flattered us, a draw would've been just about right – but when a team defends crosses as poorly as the Gulls did at Wycombe on Saturday, there's only going to be one outcome.
It needs to be said, though, that the Gulls didn't deserve to lose the game.
They weren't at their best by any means, but on balance they had the better chances and looked the more threatening of the two sides. Unfortunately, the Chairboys were clinical.
Having discussed formations, team selections and predictions on the drive to Buckinghamshire, we parked in an industrial estate in what feels like the middle of nowhere.
A short walk up the road among the hoards of home fans, there's a ground where one might expect an industrial plastic supplier or a scrapyard.
A frisk from a slightly over-zealous steward and a cheap cup of tea later and I'm in the ground, which is quickly filling up with members of the yellow army, whose numbers today include several of the better-known Gulls fans; commentator Jim Proudfoot, comedian Charlie Baker, and of course Soccer AM's Helen Chamberlain. A fairly desperate pre-match build up is compounded by Wycombe's PA breaking with tradition by playing two songs at the same time (Jimi Hendrix and, I believe, Tinie Tempah), which is a touch jarring to say the least, but mercifully the teams soon come out in a flurry of flags and mascots, and the match is underway.
The game itself, initially a bit of a slow-burner, is set alight by a splendid goal from the outstanding Adebayo Azeez just before the half hour. Most of his family are in the away end with us, and it's great to see them celebrate almost as much as we do.
The celebrations don't last though as, almost immediately, while many are still texting mates and tweeting updates, Wycombe draw level in a fashion that only the Gulls seem to be able to conjure up.
However, Pearce's booming header – which has Alan Knill on the pitch celebrating – means the Gulls go in at half-time with a deserved lead.
The half time queue for refreshments is as arduous as ever, but there's a real buzz, and belief that we can come away with three points.
Disappointingly, the second half sees the home side allowed to score with two free headers – the second of which has Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth literally cartwheeling with delight.
The Yellow Army doesn't ease up, though, and those there create the best away atmosphere for a fair few years.
The noise is terrific, with a bigger variation of songs, more people joining in, and for longer, and it spurs the boys on.
After deserved applause at full-time for the weary men in yellow, it is back to the car for the drive home through the pouring rain. As I reflect on the game, I just can't get annoyed about the result, largely because it's been an enjoyable game and, in all honesty, one we didn't deserve to lose.
At full strength, there should've been at least a point heading home to Devon, and with Anthony O'Connor returning on Saturday, I'm confident we'll be much stronger at the back and turn our poor form around.
If not, though, the excuses really have to stop and the answers have to start.
JOHN CADIGAN [@johncadigan]