Ling happy with timely victory

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Torquay boss Martin Ling was delighted his side finally ended their eight-match winless streak with a thumping 4-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon.

Rene Howe bagged two for the Gulls and Danny Stevens and Eunan O'Kane were also on target, as the hosts made light work of Terry Brown's visitors. Wimbledon manager Brown had to miss his team's trip to the English Riviera because of a family illness, and the news from Plainmoor will not have cheered him up.

"It's been a long time coming," said a relieved Ling. "The longer you go without a win, the harder they are to get, so [it] could be a turning-point for us."

He added: "We played particularly well.

"We have been waiting for a big performance like that for a while, and our big players came to the fore.

"Four-nil may be harsh on them, but we'll take it.

"Mark Ellis and Brian Saah were fantastic at the back, and Bobby Olejnik, who has done nothing wrong in goal during our lean spell, deserved a clean sheet at last.

"There were two great finishes from Rene Howe, and when we really get going, it's Howe and O'Kane who often do it for us.

"This result has been a release valve for everyone, and I hope we can move on from here."

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