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.

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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."

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