Rochdale manager Keith Hill heaped praise on Torquay after they thrashed his table topping side 5-0.

Target man Scott Rendell got the opening goal on 29 minutes before fellow striker Elliot Benyon netted two in two minutes to make it 3-0 before half-time. In the second period Nicky Wroe made it four from the penalty spot before Mustapha Carayol completed the rout 13 minutes from time.

Hill said: "That was a top-of-the-table performance from Torquay. There's no question about it I thought they were excellent. We were poor on the day, probably believing our own hype a little bit."

He added: "It was unacceptable and it isn't my fault. The players picked the side, there's no question about that. They have picked the side for 40 games now but I pick the side now on Tuesday.

"Some of the lads have probably already stopped 10 yards of the finish line and it's a shame really because it leaves a bit of a sour taste in the mouth. It could have been six, seven or eight to them."

Gulls boss Paul Buckle whose side sit fourth from bottom in the League Two table was pleased with the performance of his team but said his side would keep their feet on the ground.

He added: "I am delighted for the players, but we won't get too carried away.

"We don't get too down if we lose and we do not go over the top if we win, besides we have got an important game coming up at Aldershot on Tuesday and need to be at our very best again.

"We showed what we are capable of again and now that's seven points from three unbeaten games against very good sides."

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