Ling slams first-half showing
Last Updated: October 20, 2012 9:50pm
Ling: Unhappy with first-half performance
Manager Martin Ling was less than impressed with Torquay's first-half display as they went down 3-2 at rivals Bristol Rovers on Saturday.
Tom Eaves capitalised on poor defending to lift the ball over advancing 'keeper Michael Poke after 15 minutes at the Memorial Stadium, and Matt Lund's free-kick doubled the advantage just two minutes later before the visitors had full-back Joe Oastler dismissed for a second booking on the half hour.
Back roared Torquay, though, and Rene Howe reduced the arrears with a curling effort after the break before Aaron Downes' header levelled matters shortly after. But Eaves netted the winner from substitute Wayne Brown's 76th-minute pass.
And Ling was left to rue the Gulls' dour display in the opening 45 minutes of the League Two encounter. He said: "I reckon 10 of our 11 players were off their game in the first half, with only Brian Saah exempt from that criticism.
"In the second half, all 11 and the substitutes did well, but I would rather have nine performing properly throughout the 90 minutes.
"We are not grinding out results away from home this season and we keep conceding bad goals. At the moment we look a mid-table side."