Ling looks to build on victory

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Martin Ling has turned his attention to Morecambe
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Martin Ling has turned his attention to Morecambe

Torquay United boss Martin Ling declared his delight after seeing his side come back to secure a 2-1 win over League Two leaders Gillingham at Plainmoor.

Gills striker Deon Burton volleyed the leaders ahead on 52 minutes, before Gulls midfielder Nathan Craig levelled direct from a free kick wide on the right three minutes later. The comeback was completed by left back Kevin Nicholson, who scored the winner with a deflected 30-yard shot.

Ling said: "I thought we deserved the win tonight even though the two goals might have been slightly fortuitous. Now the key is getting another home win against Morecambe on Saturday. We haven't had back-to-back wins since March and it would be nice to do it here (Plainmoor).

"People will say we have beaten the leaders and so we can beat anyone here. I believe we can beat anyone here on our day but Morecambe will not be easy. It depends which Torquay team turns up and hopefully it won't be the one that played like they did in the first half against Bristol Rovers.

"There is a lot of character in our dressing room and the boys showed that tonight. We went a goal behind but Nathan has scored minutes later. It looked like a cross to me but the main thing was he put it in the right area.

"Kevin's goal also took a deflection that looped it over their keeper and they won't be happy with that and I can understand that but I thought we had good first-half chances to have taken the lead and we didn't take them. Besides, we haven't had much luck this season so we will take that tonight."

Disappointed Gills boss Martin Allen admitted: "We had a real go and to lose to a free kick from out on the touchline into the top stanchion corner and then the lad has hit a 30-yarder that has deflected up over our keeper and into the top of the net was hard to take.

"They had a couple of chances in the first half when I thought they could have gone ahead, but so did we. I suppose through the season there are going to be nights where it is going to happen like that.

"I don't attach any blame to the keeper and it says a lot about us if they are forced to shoot that far out.

"We will have to take it on the chin. They were in the play-offs last season, To come down here and play like we did, I thought we played some great football with as many changes as we made to freshen it up. We looked good, played well, but did not come away the points. Hold your hands up and say well done to Torquay, because they won it."

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