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League Two

Ling grumpy with Gulls

23 September 2012

Torquay United manager Martin Ling admitted his frustration as the Gulls conceded an 89th minute leveller in their 1-1 home draw with in-form Burton.

Brewers striker Calvin Zola netted his fourth goal in three games after Zander Diamond's header came back off the post.

Torquay took an 11th minute lead through their own in-form target man Rene Howe, who converted his fifth goal of the season after latching on to Nathan Craig's left-wing cross at the far post and side footing home.

Ling said: "I think it's a case of two points dropped. It's frustrating, I feel even though it was a late goal we brought it on ourselves. I suppose our expectations and standards have gone up, after making the play-offs in the past two seasons, and we have not managed to live with them.

"I thought Burton thoroughly deserved their point in the end. I just said to the 13 that played that I could not knock any of them for work rate or effort but I think I can knock all of them for not being good enough on the ball.

"There is bravery about putting your body in the line of a shot coming at you but there is also bravery when it comes to getting on the ball, passing and making us tick. I cannot think of any movements, apart from the goal, where we asked any questions of them - apart from on the counter attack.

"We looked like the away team, we looked mid-table and this run of home draws is not doing us any good and something that we have to address and rest assured it will be something that I will be doing."

Burton boss Gary Rowett said: "We were very disappointed to go 1-0 down. But after the first five minutes we were dominant in the game. We had all the chances but it was really pleasing in the end to get something out of the game because I feel we completely deserved it.

"To go and get the goal at the end was excellent and we might have nicked it after that, but maybe that was being a bit greedy. It was almost the perfect away performance.

"We kept going and that shows the belief the players have got and that we are a strong group. We could have easily crumbled after we went a goal down, but we are showing a real resolute attitude and the players have been patting each other on the back because we deserved to win the game."


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