Ling upbeat despite defeat

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Martin Ling insisted Torquay's away record is 'in need of work'
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Martin Ling insisted Torquay's away record is 'in need of work'

Torquay boss Martin Ling felt he had no reason to criticise his players despite the 1-0 defeat to struggling Barnet.

Clovis Kamdjo's late strike lifted the Bees off the foot of the League Two table but Ling claimed his side were worthy of a point, if not more.

"I felt that the best side didn't win the game, we pressed them all the way and I could only ever see one scoreline coming," said Ling. "I criticised the players after Saturday's game [a 1-0 loss to non-league Harrogate in the FA Cup] but I feel like we've been ambushed.

"Our players are taught how to shoot and hit the target as best we can but we never hit the target on a regular basis and we never really worked the keeper enough.

"That's where a lot of the frustration comes from. Saturday was disappointing but I thought this was, all-in-all, a positive performance. I've had a look at the league table and we're seventh in the league still, still in the play-off spots, which is good so we're doing ok.

"Our home record is very, very good but our away record is in need of some work."

Joint-head coach Mark Robson was pleased with the way Barnet kept their opponents at arm's length.

"It was a little bit nervy," said Robson. "We had a great chance right at the death and it would have made it a little bit easier for me, but we're delighted with a win. It was a bit nail-biting in the end but they're three well-earned points. They had a lot of shots from long range so to be fair we kept them at bay.

"We knew they were a good team and that they would cause us problems. We perhaps gave the ball away too easily in the first half and we gave ourselves problems and we tried to do something about that in the second half.

"That's three wins out of four, and a draw in that as well, so that's very, very good and a clean sheet is a massive bonus for us. If we keep getting clean sheets we'll keep winning."

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