Martin Ling gives Torquay United's squad some time to rest their weary limbs
Manager Martin Ling has made no apologies for giving his Torquay United first-team starters an extra day off this week, despite a disappointing performance in last Saturday's 1-1 home npower League Two draw with Burton Albion.
The Gulls' 'fringe' first-teamers and reserve players were in for training yesterday, but the rest of the squad, who worked out on Monday, will not resume until tomorrow, when they start the build-up to Saturday's trip to Chesterfield.
"You are always looking for reasons why you don't play as well as you want, and sometimes you beat yourself up trying to find those reasons," said Ling. "But before the Burton game we had two long Saturday-Tuesday trips, travelling to Rotherham and Wimbledon and back, and each of those involved nearly ten hours on the coach.
"We didn't play well at Rotherham [in a 1-0 defeat], but the players still ran around there, and then they put in a big effort and a good performance to win at Wimbledon [in a 1-0 win].
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"Some players need an extra rest day from time to time, especially if they use it properly. We've got a busy schedule coming up, with midweek games in four of the next five weeks. The players know they must be fresh and ready to fire on all cylinders on Thursday."
Exeter City's reserve team drew 2-2 with AFC Bournemouth's development XI in a friendly at the Cherries' training ground yesterday. Tom Nichols, with a penalty, and Jamie Reid put the Grecians in front twice in the match. The hosts' equalisers came from Harrison Gilkes and Jayden Stockley.