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League Two

Ling praises 'above average' Gulls

14 October 2012

Torquay United manager Martin Ling was full of praise for his side following their 3-1 League Two home win over Accrington Stanley.

Rene Howe's fourth-minute penalty got United off to a flying start but substitute Padraig Amond levelled on 65 minutes. Billy Bodin headed home Nathan Craig's high ball into the six yard box on 67 minutes and home skipper Lee Mansell capped United's win, heading home Kevin Nicholson's 80th minute corner at the far post.

Ling said: "It was an above average performance, I thought we always looked in control. The only thing I would probably put against us was our finishing. We had loads of one-on-ones and didn't take them and you could just see their goal coming because of that."

He added: "But we managed to score pretty quickly to go back into the lead with a great ball in from Nathan Craig and a good header from Billy Bodin. As a performance goes there were an awful lot more ticks than there were crosses though because we have come out 3-1 winners and Accrington are a good side.

"I did not see what happened for the penalty but all the lads on the bench told me it was a hand ball.

"It got us off to the perfect start and you couldn't pick anyone better than Rene Howe to take the penalty at the moment because he is on fire. He's got another goal and I thought he was a threat all game, and when he walks up to take a penalty like that he is coolness personified."

Stanley boss Paul Cook added: "We weren't very good from start to finish. We never got going. Obviously to concede a penalty after four minutes, whether that was harsh or not, wasn't ideal.

"It was a difficult pitch to pass and play on but Torquay were far superior all day. You have to give credit to the opposition, sometimes it is easy to say we haven't played well but possibly we haven't been allowed to play well.

"Possession doesn't win games, goals win games. Possession can look good on the eye and if you are going to have good possession you shouldn't concede goals. We conceded three, we conceded three last week and four at Chesterfield so unfortunately there is a pattern there.

"Football is a funny game, you get carried away with starts and finishes. It is a long season, you have got to keep your feet on the pedal and keep going. We have had two defeats on the run now which is the first time that has happened to us this season. We go to Oxford next week and we have to be right at it."

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