Martin Ling's Torquay United are back on track
MANAGER Martin Ling wants Tuesday night’s 1-0 win at AFC Wimbledon to act as the springboard for a Torquay United surge towards the top of League Two.
Rene Howe’s fourth goal of the season – it flew in off his back from Dons’ goalie Seb Brown’s clearance! – set up the Gulls’ first away win of the season.
Now Ling says: “That will hopefully push us in the right direction.
“We need to come home and beat Burton on Saturday now.
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“Our season has been simmering along so far, and we want to put a run together.
“We’re a team that’s capable of doing well.”
Howe did his best to charge down Brown’s 34th minute clearance, but he admitted: “It went in off my back.
“I know people will want to say that it came off my backside, but it wasn’t, it was my back.”
Ling said: “Rene worked his socks off to close down the ’keeper, and I thought he had a great game.
“I enjoy watching those goals, but Rene deserved it.
“It may have been a lucky goal, but it was an important one.
“We should have won the game by more than one goal.
“In fact, I felt we could cut them open at any given time.
“The back-five was excellent, we handled their forwards very well and I never felt threatened as I was at Rotherham (0-1) last Saturday.
“I thought that Brian Saah was probably our best defender, but there was also a lot of unnoticed work in midfield, where Craig Easton controlled it with Lee Mansell.
“We take all that into the Burton game.”
Saturday’s match will bring former Gulls striker Billy Kee back to Plainmoor.
United sold him to Burton – they entertained York City last night – for £15,000 a year ago, and the former Leicester City youngster proceeded to score 12 goals in his first 20 games for the Brewers.
But he missed the last ten weeks of the season through injury, and he has been battling to hold down a regular place in a Burton attack which has been scoring plenty of goals in the early weeks of the season.