Tom Eaves scored twice as Bristol Rovers defeated 10-man Torquay.

The striker, on-loan from Bolton, put the hosts ahead with a delightful chip, before Matt Lund's free-kick doubled their advantage.

Despite having Joe Oastler sent off for a second bookable offence, the Gulls drew level through Rene Howe's curling effort and Aaron Downes' header.

But Rovers did eventually make the extra man count as Eaves fired home the winner from Wayne Brown's pass.

Eaves's brace takes his tally to three goals in five games since joining from the Championship side in September.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Torquay United manger Martin Ling told BBC Radio Devon:

"I've laid into them fully. There was one person who performed out of the 11 in the first half and that was Brian Saah.

"The players know it's not good enough. It's ok saying we're a footballing team that want to pass it, but we've got to have more backbone than that.

"We passed it poorly and it's not good enough.

"They're encouraged to go out there and pass the ball, and if they're not capable of doing that we'll have to get people who are."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Bristol Rovers

  • 38 Etheridge
  • 03 Paterson
  • 05 Kenneth
  • 06 Parks
  • 26 Lund
  • 11 Broghammer (Brown - 29' )
  • 15 Norburn
  • 07 Clarkson
  • 10 Richard
  • 16 Anyinsah (Brown - 62' )
  • 32 Eaves

Substitutes

  • 28 Walker
  • 14 Brown
  • 19 Virgo
  • 21 Brown
  • 24 Clarke
  • 25 Clucas
  • 27 Lockyer

Torquay

  • 01 Poke Booked
  • 02 Oastler Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 04 Downes
  • 05 Saah
  • 06 Lathrope (Leadbitter - 46' )
  • 07 Mansell
  • 15 Bodin (Jarvis - 70' )
  • 18 Easton
  • 20 Craig (Cruise - 80' )
  • 09 Howe

Substitutes

  • 13 Rice
  • 12 Leadbitter
  • 21 Cruise
  • 19 Stevens
  • 29 Thompson
  • 08 Jarvis
  • 23 Yeoman
Ref: Mathieson
Att: 6,331

Match Stats

Shots

22 8

On target

9 3

Corners

9 2

Fouls

6 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:09 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

88:33

Aaron Downes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eliot Richards. Direct free kick taken by Lee Brown.

87:08

Tom Eaves takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Poke.

84:51

Shot by Lee Brown from 18 yards. Corner taken left-footed by Lee Brown from the right by-line to the near post, Tom Eaves challenges Brian Saah unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Michael Poke. Save made by Michael Poke.

83:25

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Kevin Nicholson from the left by-line, Matthew Lund makes a clearance.

82:40

Effort from deep inside the area by Lee Brown misses to the right of the target.

81:00

Rene Howe has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

79:45

Garry Kenneth takes the direct free kick.

79:45 Substitution

Substitution (Torquay) makes a substitution, with Thomas Cruise coming on for Nathan Craig.

79:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rene Howe on Garry Kenneth.

79:17

The ball is crossed by Tom Eaves, Brian Saah manages to make a clearance.

77:52

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Lee Brown from the right by-line, clearance made by Brian Saah.

75:46

The assist for the goal came from Wayne Brown.

75:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Eaves - Bristol R 3 - 2 Torquay A goal is scored by Tom Eaves from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Bristol Rovers 3-2 Torquay.

75:31

The ball is delivered by Kevin Nicholson, clearance made by Jim Paterson.

74:31

Wayne Brown takes a shot. Brian Saah gets a block in.

73:34

Oliver Norburn takes a shot. Aaron Downes gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Lee Brown, Aaron Downes makes a clearance.

72:48

The ball is delivered by Eliot Richards.

71:55

Wayne Brown produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

71:12

Unfair challenge on Lee Brown by Daniel Leadbitter results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Lee Brown, clearance made by Lee Mansell.

69:39

Indirect free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.

69:39 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Jarvis on for Billy Bodin.

69:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Garry Kenneth by Rene Howe.

69:19

Eliot Richards sends in a cross, save by Michael Poke.

68:40

Jim Paterson produces a cross, Kevin Nicholson manages to make a clearance.

67:21

Centre by Matthew Lund, Aaron Downes manages to make a clearance.

66:26

The referee blows for offside against Rene Howe. Free kick taken by Garry Kenneth.

65:13

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Lee Brown, Effort from deep inside the area by Tom Parkes misses to the left of the goal.

64:17

Shot by David Clarkson from 25 yards. Save by Michael Poke.

63:15

The ball is swung over by Lee Brown, save by Michael Poke.

62:27

Inswinging corner taken by Lee Brown from the right by-line.

61:42 Substitution

Substitution Wayne Brown comes on in place of Joe Anyinsah.

61:07

Daniel Leadbitter sends in a cross, save made by Neil Etheridge.

60:04

Rene Howe fouled by Oliver Norburn, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin Nicholson delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Tom Eaves manages to make a clearance.

59:27

Lee Brown is caught offside. Michael Poke takes the indirect free kick.

58:19

Kevin Nicholson provided the assist for the goal.

58:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Aaron Downes - Bristol R 2 - 2 Torquay Aaron Downes finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Bristol Rovers 2-2 Torquay.

57:21

Headed effort on goal by Joe Anyinsah from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the goal.

55:57

Oliver Norburn fouled by Lee Mansell, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tom Parkes.

52:14 Goal scored

Goal! - Rene Howe - Bristol R 2 - 1 Torquay A goal is scored by Rene Howe from the edge of the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Bristol Rovers 2-1 Torquay.

51:21

Shot on goal by Nathan Craig from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

49:17

Tom Eaves takes a shot. Michael Poke gets a block in.

48:38

Short corner worked by Lee Brown.

47:27

A cross is delivered by Matthew Lund.

47:10

A cross is delivered by Rene Howe, Lee Brown makes a clearance.

46:27

Unfair challenge on Lee Mansell by Eliot Richards results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Mansell.

45:18

David Clarkson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Torquay) makes a substitution, with Daniel Leadbitter coming on for Damon Lathrope.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:55

Effort on goal by Joe Anyinsah from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

45:00 +0:29

David Clarkson crosses the ball, Aaron Downes makes a clearance.

44:23

Billy Bodin takes a shot. Blocked by Garry Kenneth.

41:19

Effort on goal by David Clarkson from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

40:42

Tom Eaves takes a shot. Save by Michael Poke. Short corner worked by Lee Brown.

39:45

Oliver Norburn gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Billy Bodin. Kevin Nicholson restarts play with the free kick.

38:59

Garry Kenneth takes a shot. Save by Michael Poke. Corner taken left-footed by Lee Brown from the left by-line, clearance by Lee Mansell.

38:48

The ball is crossed by Tom Parkes, clearance by Damon Lathrope.

38:17

Short corner taken by Lee Brown from the left by-line.

37:29

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Aaron Downes.

36:37

Matthew Lund delivers the ball.

34:57

Lee Brown produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.

34:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Damon Lathrope on David Clarkson. Oliver Norburn restarts play with the free kick.

34:24

A cross is delivered by Joe Anyinsah, clearance by Aaron Downes.

32:42

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

30:33

Garry Kenneth delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the box by Tom Parkes misses to the right of the target.

29:30

Oliver Norburn restarts play with the free kick.

29:30 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee red cards Joe Oastler for second bookable offence.

29:19

Unfair challenge on Lee Brown by Joe Oastler results in a free kick.

28:16 Substitution

Substitution Lee Brown on for Fabian Broghammer.

28:03

Fabian Broghammer crosses the ball.

27:40

A cross is delivered by Joe Oastler, clearance by Tom Parkes.

26:23

Lee Mansell takes a shot. Save by Neil Etheridge. Inswinging corner taken by Kevin Nicholson from the left by-line, Unfair challenge on Tom Parkes by Aaron Downes results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Neil Etheridge.

20:12

Oliver Norburn takes the free kick.

20:12 Booking

Booking Booking for Joe Oastler for unsporting behaviour.

20:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabian Broghammer by Joe Oastler.

19:27

Jim Paterson sends in a cross, save by Michael Poke.

16:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Matthew Lund - Bristol R 2 - 0 Torquay Matthew Lund finds the net with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bristol Rovers 2-0 Torquay.

14:38

The assist for the goal came from Matthew Lund.

14:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Eaves - Bristol R 1 - 0 Torquay Tom Eaves finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bristol Rovers 1-0 Torquay.

14:07

Centre by Jim Paterson, blocked by Damon Lathrope.

13:00

Fabian Broghammer is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Michael Poke restarts play with the free kick.

12:20

Jim Paterson sends in a cross, clearance made by Aaron Downes.

11:28

Rene Howe produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

10:53

Billy Bodin handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Neil Etheridge.

10:38

Unfair challenge on Damon Lathrope by Oliver Norburn results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Damon Lathrope.

9:57

Eliot Richards takes a shot. Michael Poke makes a save.

7:16

The ball is crossed by Fabian Broghammer, Damon Lathrope makes a clearance.

5:41

Billy Bodin fouled by Tom Parkes, the ref awards a free kick. Damon Lathrope restarts play with the free kick.

4:38

Billy Bodin has a shot on goal from long range that goes wide left.

4:03

Shot from 20 yards by David Clarkson. Save made by Michael Poke.

3:30 Booking

Booking Michael Poke receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

1:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Clarkson by Joe Oastler. Free kick taken by Oliver Norburn.

0:27

The ball is delivered by Fabian Broghammer, Aaron Downes manages to make a clearance.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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