Ling lauds team effort

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Torquay boss Martin Ling highlighted the importance of other players chipping in after defender Mark Ellis netted a second-half winner against Northampton at Plainmoor.

Ellis, 23, took his tally to three in four games from Kevin Nicholson's corner from the right, heading low into the net with 15 minutes remaining. Northampton defender Kelvin Langmead made a superb diving interception to block Chris Robertson's point-blank effort moments earlier, conceding a corner that led to the goal.

Ling said: "There was a purpose to us in the second half. Mark has got another goal and it was from a set play which is always nice. It takes the pressure off our top scorer Rene Howe when you have got defenders and midfielders scoring. We have got goals coming from all over the pitch and that has got to be a good thing, especially when you play 4-3-3 like we do."

He added: "It's good to see Mark on the scoresheet again. We have five wins in a row now and understandably the boys are full of confidence."

Town goalkeeper Chris Weale also made a brilliant diving save to palm away striker Howe's 18-yard strike after he spun marker Langmead and cut inside before letting fly. But it was in the second half where Torquay created the better chances.

Commenting on his side's second-half boost, Ling said: "I just reminded them at half-time what makes us successful. I felt Northampton were playing a very high line and we needed to drop passes in just behind them, make them turn and put pressure on them. The lads played it to the letter in the second half.

"We got a head of steam and looked like a good side from then on. I just thought there were too many offsides in the first half and that we needed to make sensible runs and turn them a bit more and we managed to do that."

Philosophical Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd said: "I will take a lot of positives from the game, we created chances and played very well against a very good team. The performances are getting better all the time but we need to get results and thankfully good performances lead to results.

"We have been absolutely terrific at set plays and didn't concede anything but Torquay kept going at us and in the end we didn't deal with it.

"I am disappointed with the result but there are an awful lot of plusses to take away with it and I still believe it shows you where we were and that we are on an upward curve."

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