A Rene Howe brace helped 10-man Torquay on their way to victory over Rochdale.

Andrew Tutte fired Dale in front early on, but the Gulls drew level when Billy Bodin finished a superb passing move.

Aaron Downes capitalised on confusion in the visitors' defence to put the hosts in front before Howe's strike doubled their advantage.

Howe's second came from a delightful chip, before Downes saw red for fouling George Donnelly and Ray Putterill got a late Dale consolation.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Torquay United manager Martin Ling told BBC Radio Devon:

"It's been a big three points for us today, it's been two decent performances at the start of the season.

"Today was a good all round performance. It was exciting I'm sure for the fans, as an attacking force we always ask questions.

"Defensively we could've been better but when needed people stood up, people like Michael Poke, and we got a good win [against] a good side.

"Both teams played with a purpose and a cutting edge, both managers are forward-thinking managers and want to pass the ball and hurt teams."

Match Stats

Shots

14 13

On target

6 6

Corners

9 6

Fouls

5 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:03 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:47 Booking

Booking Kevin McIntyre is shown a yellow card.

90:00 +1:57

Ian Craney has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

90:00 +1:42

A cross is delivered by Andrew Tutte, save made by Michael Poke.

90:00 +0:51

The ball is sent over by Kevin McIntyre, Michael Poke makes a save.

90:00 +0:07

Lee Mansell fouled by Peter Cavanagh, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Easton.

89:18

A cross is delivered by Andrew Tutte, Shot on goal by Ray Putterill from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

88:37

Andrew Tutte sends in a cross, Lee Mansell makes a clearance.

87:50

Kevin McIntyre produces a cross, comfortable save by Michael Poke.

86:22

Ray Putterill takes a shot. Kevin Nicholson gets a block in.

84:39

Assist on the goal came from Peter Cavanagh.

84:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Ray Putterill - Torquay 4 - 2 Rochdale Ray Putterill finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the top right corner of the goal. Torquay 4-2 Rochdale.

84:25

Andrew Tutte sends in a cross, Brian Saah manages to make a clearance.

83:44

A cross is delivered by Craig Curran, Nathan Craig manages to make a clearance.

81:58

Ian Craney takes a shot. Michael Poke makes a save. Short corner worked by Jason Kennedy.

80:14 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Craig on for Billy Bodin.

80:14

Effort by Ray Putterill from a long way out goes over the target.

79:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Curran on Kevin Nicholson. Free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

79:14

Ray Putterill takes a shot. Michael Poke makes a save.

78:10

Effort on goal by Ian Morris from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

77:47

Craig Curran crosses the ball, Joe Oastler makes a clearance.

75:57

Josh Lillis takes the indirect free kick.

75:57 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Jarvis comes on in place of Rene Howe.

75:57

Rene Howe concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Pearson.

74:27 Substitution

Substitution Thomas Cruise replaces Niall Thompson.

74:27 Penalty

A save by Michael Poke from penalty by Jason Kennedy. Torquay 4-1 Rochdale.

73:30 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee shows Aaron Downes a red card.

73:08

Aaron Downes concedes a Penalty for a foul on George Donnelly.

72:26 Booking

Booking Matthew Pearson booked for unsporting behaviour.

72:21 Booking

Booking Caution for Rene Howe.

71:05

Ray Putterill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Nicholson. Kevin Nicholson restarts play with the free kick.

69:15 Substitution

Substitution Dele Adebola goes off and Craig Curran comes on.

69:15 Substitution

Substitution (Rochdale) makes a substitution, with Ian Craney coming on for Phil Edwards.

67:49

The assist for the goal came from Aaron Downes.

67:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Rene Howe - Torquay 4 - 1 Rochdale Rene Howe grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Torquay 4-1 Rochdale.

64:17

Ray Putterill takes a shot. Joe Oastler manages to make a clearance.

60:56

Jason Kennedy takes the inswinging corner, Aaron Downes manages to make a clearance.

59:58

Niall Thompson provided the assist for the goal.

59:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Rene Howe - Torquay 3 - 1 Rochdale Rene Howe grabs a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Torquay 3-1 Rochdale.

56:00 +5:01

Corner taken right-footed by Jason Kennedy.

55:22

Rene Howe takes a shot. Josh Lillis manages to make a clearance. Billy Bodin takes a shot.

53:39 Substitution

Substitution (Rochdale) makes a substitution, with Ray Putterill coming on for Ashley Grimes.

53:39

Billy Bodin takes a shot. Peter Cavanagh gets a block in.

48:01

George Donnelly takes a shot. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kevin Nicholson from the right by-line, Shot by Niall Thompson. Ashley Grimes manages to make a clearance. Josh Lillis makes a save. Inswinging corner taken by Kevin Nicholson,

48:00 +5:01

Corner taken by Jason Kennedy from the right by-line.

45:32

Centre by Kevin McIntyre, clearance made by Kevin Nicholson.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:22

Kevin Nicholson takes the direct free kick.

45:00 +0:22 Booking

Booking Booking for Ryan Edwards for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +0:10

Handball decision goes against Ryan Edwards.

42:48

The ball is crossed by George Donnelly, clearance made by Niall Thompson.

41:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Kennedy on Lee Mansell. Brian Saah takes the free kick.

33:55

Kevin Nicholson provided the assist for the goal. Corner from the right by-line taken by Lee Mansell, clearance by Peter Cavanagh.

33:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Aaron Downes - Torquay 2 - 1 Rochdale Aaron Downes finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the box. Torquay 2-1 Rochdale.

33:01

Corner taken left-footed by Kevin Nicholson, clearance made by Matthew Pearson.

31:22

Billy Bodin takes a shot. Ian Morris takes a shot. Save made by Josh Lillis. Lee Mansell takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post. Inswinging corner taken by Kevin Nicholson from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Ryan Edwards. Corner taken by Kevin Nicholson from the left by-line,

28:49

Billy Bodin takes a shot. Josh Lillis manages to make a clearance.

28:04

Centre by Kevin Nicholson, Phil Edwards manages to make a clearance.

24:55

The ball is sent over by Niall Thompson, clearance made by Phil Edwards. Lee Mansell takes a shot. Save made by Josh Lillis. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee Mansell from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Josh Lillis.

22:58

Billy Bodin is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Edwards. Ashley Grimes takes a shot from 25 yards. Michael Poke manages to make a clearance. Handball decision goes against Rene Howe. Free kick taken by Phil Edwards.

20:01

Ryan Edwards delivers the ball, Michael Poke manages to make a clearance.

18:35

Corner taken right-footed by Jason Kennedy, Aaron Downes manages to make a clearance.

15:43

Unfair challenge on Lee Mansell by Kevin McIntyre results in a free kick. Lee Mansell fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Morris on Matthew Pearson. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Pearson. Clearance by Josh Lillis.

14:47

Peter Cavanagh takes a shot.

11:48

Assist on the goal came from Kevin Nicholson.

11:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Billy Bodin - Torquay 1 - 1 Rochdale Billy Bodin gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Torquay 1-1 Rochdale.

11:48

The ball is delivered by Kevin Nicholson,

10:41

Dele Adebola fouled by Aaron Downes, the ref awards a free kick. Jason Kennedy takes the free kick.

7:09

The assist for the goal came from Jason Kennedy.

7:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Andrew Tutte - Torquay 0 - 1 Rochdale Andrew Tutte fires in a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Torquay 0-1 Rochdale.

2:00

George Donnelly takes a shot. Michael Poke sends in a cross, Corner taken left-footed by Kevin Nicholson, Aaron Downes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Edwards. Direct free kick taken by Josh Lillis. Kevin McIntyre gets a block in. Corner taken by Jason Kennedy,

1:14

Lee Mansell takes a shot. Save by Josh Lillis.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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