Ling happy with the points but knows Gulls can perform better
"By the time the end of the season comes round, people will forget how we played and it will just look like another good three points," said Torquay United manager Martin Ling after the Gulls had beaten Morecambe 1-0 to move into the League Two play-off zone.
"It wasn't great," admitted Ling. "We didn't look scintillating at any stage.
"On Tuesday we were really good against Gillingham, and today we were really average. But it's three points both times, and we're now up where we feel we want to be.
"Today was a dogged and determined performance, but not very pleasing on the eye.
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"I felt we had too many people doing each other's jobs," Ling added.
"For instance, Damon Lathrope dropped too deep into defence at times, and Brian Saah and Aaron Downes are big enough and ugly enough to do their own jobs back there. But, while everyone did well going forward on Tuesday, everyone did well defensively today."
Of his forward players, Ling said: "For once, Rene Howe didn't look like scoring.
"Billy Bodin had a few chances, and he's another one who is stuttering a bit.
"He's not playing to the levels he was when he was on loan last year, but he's got three goals so far and he'll get ten by the end of the season, I'm confident of that.
"He also did well, drawing a defender before putting Danny Stevens in for the goal.
"It didn't go in with any great venom, but it was still a good finish and we've got a few more people chipping in when Rene doesn't score.
"We're in a good position now. This time last year I think we had 15 points from 15 games and were about 19th in the table. After 15 games this season, we've got 24 points."
Morecambe manager Jim Bentley said: "Every team gets suspensions and injuries, but unfortunately we've had quite a few come at the same time, and we're quite stretched.
"We started a bit lacklustre, but I don't think either team started particularly well. It was quite boring really.
"Unfortunately, we made a crucial error in the middle of the park, and they scored from it," he added. "At 1-0 down, we got into the game a bit more then.
"We tried to play football, although the pitch here is the worst I've seen this season. But we never took any of our chances in a game where a point for both teams would have been a fair result."