Ling delight at Gulls showing

Ling: Above average performance'

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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 and although substitute Padraig Amond levelled on 65 minutes, two minutes later the Gulls were back in front. 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.

"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."