Torquay 2-1 Port Vale

Torquay came from behind to beat Port Vale and close the gap on League Two leaders Swindon to four points.

The Gulls failed to clear their lines and defender John McCombe pounced to fire the ball home in the first half.

Rene Howe equalised from the spot after he was pulled down in the area by Joe Davis, who was duly sent off.

The hosts piled on the pressure after that and substitute Ryan Jarvis soon nodded the winner, while Vale's Ben Williamson skimmed the bar late on.

Torquay now have 72 points and sit in second place, but have played two games more than Swindon.

After defeat, Port Vale drop two places to 16th on 46 points.


Torquay United manager Martin Ling tell BBC Radio Devon:

"We were poor first half. They were told in no uncertain terms that they were poor, only five players were playing to the accepted standard. In the second half they came up with the answers which is pleasing.

"When you're a passing team, it's not always easy to do week-in, week-out and if it isn't working you need some players with courage to get on the ball.

"I spoke to Micky Adams, he taught me a lot in terms of management style because he managed me and he was excellent at it.

"Howe was a picture of coolness wasn't he? If I want anyone out there for that he does take them well. "

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