Ling grateful for small mercies


Torquay manager Martin Ling is growing tired of seeing his side have to come back from behind after they extended their unbeaten run to five matches with a 3-3 home draw with Rotherham.

Lewis Grabban and Richard Cresswell put Rotherham two-up in nine minutes and although Billy Bodin pulled one back for the Gulls two minutes later, a second from Grabban restored the visitors' two-goal advantage but Kevin Nicholson headed a second for Torquay before the break and Rene Howe fired the equlaiser from 12 yards five minutes later.

Ling said: "We seem to be repeating ourselves, but too many times we have to say that we are coming back from being behind and this time we have to come back from two behind, twice."

He added: "I suppose I should be satisfied, but I keep saying it would be nice to get our noses in front and see what we are like on the front foot.

"We showed resiliance and at the end of the day I think we probably edged the game. We looked threatening every time we went forward, but they looked threatening as well and I think they're the best team that has come here so far this season.''

"Unfortunately they have scored three goals that for me have been given to them too easy, while we have had to earn every single one of our three goals. If you're two down after nine minutes then obviously it isn't a very good start for the team.

"The first one was a little bit unlucky because it hit Joe Oastler and it looked like their forward was in an offside position when he scored, but it's come off our defender and he's taken his chance.

Rotherham boss Andy Scott conceded his side were not up to it defensively.

Scott said: "There were a lot of chances and it was an exciting game, but not one that I would want to watch too many times. After we started so well, we allowed them back into the game twice, particularly after we went two goals ahead.

"You know that Martin's side will always come and attack and he will push people forward. We didn't deal with it, as a team, defensively. We need to be more ruthless as a group, defensively, making sure that everyone knows and does their job. That is the disapponting thing."

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