Determined Gulls please Ling

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Martin Ling was thrilled to collect back-to-back league wins
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Martin Ling was thrilled to collect back-to-back league wins

Torquay boss Martin Ling was delighted with his side as they beat Morecambe 1-0 thanks to Danny Stevens' 30th minute winner.

Stevens latched on to a through ball down the left to sidefoot the ball beyond the reach of diving Shrimps keeper Barry Roche and in off the inside of the post.

It was the highlight of a dour game following Torquay's 2-1 win over table-topping Gillingham at Plainmoor.

"We've finally got back to back league wins and we are up to seventh, it has been a good week for us," Ling said.

"It is funny when you look at the two games in comparison. Against the Gills on Tuesday we played really well. Today was a dogged, determined and not very pleasing on the eye type of performance.

"I know it is old news but you get three points for today and three points for the win over Gillingham and by the time the end of the season comes around people will forget where the points came from and how you won them.

"I have got to admit today wasn't great and Danny Stevens' goal was the highlight. Billy Bodin did well to draw the centre half out and Danny did well to stick it away with his left foot. It certainly didn't go in with any great venom but it was well placed, going in off the inside of the far post."

Shrimps boss Jim Bentley said: "Certain defeats hit me worse than others. It is never nice to lose any game of football but I am massively frustrated today. We had a long journey and one or two injuries and suspensions.

"I am disappointed to lose any game. We played some decent stuff at times, we created chances and there seems to be a very fine line between winning and losing games of football. Unfortunately we have fallen just below that line and one mistake in the middle of the park has cost us.

"They got the goal and it gave them something to hang on to .You don't deserve anything out of football if you don't take your chances and we had chances to nick a point. One team hasn't battered the other and on another day we would have taken a point."

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