Torquay manager Martin Ling calls for improvement

Martin Ling
Ling was appointed Torquay manager in June

Torquay United manager Martin Ling has said his side must improve dramatically for Saturday's clash with Crawley.

The Gulls beat Aldershot 1-0 on Tuesday, but Ling was less than impressed with the performance.

"It was ugly, horrible - not a great display at all on the ball," he told BBC Radio Devon.

"Crawley is going to be a different game as they're favourites for the league. It's going to be a difficult game and we'll need to pass better."

He continued: "We'll be up for it and ready as seven points from nine is a good return from the season."

After drawing 2-2 with Burton Albion on the opening day of the season, Ling took his men to Bristol Rovers where they recorded a 2-1 win over their highly fancied rivals.

A first-half goalkeeping error from Aldershot's Jamie Young then gifted Torquay victory in Tuesday night's clash, a match Ling described as the Gulls' worst performance of the season so far.

He said: "Sometimes in football you take what you're given and today we were probably given something we didn't deserve on performance."

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