Torquay not downbeat after losing to Bradford - Ling

Martin Ling

Torquay United are not downbeat despite seeing their seven-game winning run come to an end against Bradford, according to manager Martin Ling.

The Gulls threw away a one goal lead as they , their first defeat since December.

"How can you be downbeat from the recent run?" Ling told BBC Radio Devon after the loss.

"We've had seven wins on the trot, it's the best I've ever had as a manager and most of the players the same."

He continued: "Just because we've not played to the levels we have been recently doesn't make us a bad side.

"There are 15 games to go, we're right in the hunt, there's some big games coming up and it's exciting times for us. We're really looking forward to the challenge ahead," he added.

But Ling felt his side could have performed better in the loss at Plainmoor, the first time Torquay have lost at home since a 5-2 loss to Gillingham on 15 October.

"I don't think we performed to our best and we came up against a side that performed to their best.

"There was a scenario where we're above our station and they're below their station.

"If you look at their players, they're good players, and they turned up today and on balance they had more better players.

"They stuck at it and did to us what we've been doing to other teams - being dogged and determined away from home," Ling added.

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