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League Two

First league win delights Ling

26 August 2012

Torquay boss Martin Ling was full of praise for his unbeaten side as they claimed their first league win of the season, beating Rochdale 4-2 at Plainmoor.

Goals from Billy Bodin, Aaron Downes and a Rene Howe brace turned things round for United, who trailed 1-0 to Andrew Tutte's seventh minute strike.

Substitute Ray Putterill scored Dale's second goal in the 85th minute after having an earlier effort cleared off the line by United left back Kevin Nicholson.

Ling said: "I was aware that it has been something like 10 games without a win if you include last season and the play-offs so it was important we got off the mark and what a way to do it.

"It was another end-to-end game. In attack we have got a lot of players that can do a lot of damage, and it looked like we could score every time we attacked.

"Rene Howe got two goals, Billy Bodin scored and Niall Thompson had one of those debuts you dream about. It could have gone either way for him but it went the right way and he was outstanding."

Disappointed Dale boss John Coleman said: "I feel for the fans who pay their hard-earned money to come all this way. We don't go out deliberately to play badly.

"You can't play well every week. We were very, very poor and Torquay deservedly won by punishing us with some clinical finishing.

"We haven't set out to play like that, we will learn from it and I think we will come back stronger.

"We showed at the end that we didn't throw the towel in, we kept going, we could have easily got something out of the game. On another day we would have got something out of the game, which sounds bizarre because they could have put the game to bed by a much larger margin."

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