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.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Torquay United manager Martin Ling tell BBC Radio Devon:

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We found the answers in the second half - Ling

"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. "

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Torquay

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 04 Ellis
  • 06 Saah
  • 18 Oastler
  • 07 Mansell
  • 10 O'Kane Booked
  • 11 Morris (Atieno - 61' )
  • 19 Stevens (Jarvis - 61' )
  • 22 Lathrope
  • 09 Howe Booked (Rowe-Turner - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Rice
  • 02 Rowe-Turner
  • 21 MacDonald
  • 08 Jarvis
  • 23 Atieno

Port Vale

  • 12 Tomlinson
  • 02 Yates Booked
  • 05 McCombe
  • 26 Davis Dismissed
  • 04 Griffith
  • 07 Loft
  • 18 Morsy
  • 20 Shuker Booked (Marshall - 59' )
  • 08 Dodds (Williamson - 77' )
  • 09 Richards
  • 17 Rigg (Pope - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Roe
  • 14 Marshall
  • 21 James
  • 11 Pope
  • 19 Williamson
Ref: Sheldrake
Att: 3,136

Match Stats

Shots

14 7

On target

3 5

Corners

5 7

Fouls

9 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:03 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +3:46

Doug Loft delivers the ball, Mark Ellis manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +3:29

The ball is delivered by Ben Williamson, clearance by Damon Lathrope.

90:00 +3:22

The ball is crossed by Doug Loft, Mark Ellis makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:21

The referee penalises Anthony Griffith for handball. Free kick taken by Lee Mansell.

89:56

Adam Yates delivers the ball, Ben Williamson takes a shot.

88:36

The ball is sent over by Adam Yates, clearance made by Joe Oastler.

86:51

The ball is swung over by Eunan O'Kane, save by Stuart Tomlinson.

86:12

Taiwo Atieno concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Griffith. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.

85:22

Sam Morsy concedes a free kick for a foul on Eunan O'Kane. Kevin Nicholson takes the direct free kick.

84:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Damon Lathrope by Ben Williamson. Brian Saah takes the free kick.

83:56 Substitution

Substitution Lathanial Rowe-Turner is brought on as a substitute for Rene Howe.

83:39

The ball is swung over by Joe Oastler, blocked by Doug Loft.

83:20

The ball is sent over by Adam Yates, save by Robert Olejnik.

82:36

Tom Pope fouled by Lee Mansell, the ref awards a free kick. Stuart Tomlinson takes the direct free kick.

82:14

Damon Lathrope takes a shot.

81:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Pope on Rene Howe. Kevin Nicholson shoots direct from the free kick.

79:25

John McCombe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rene Howe. Kevin Nicholson has an effort direct from the free kick.

78:13

The ball is swung over by Sam Morsy.

77:48 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Rene Howe for unsporting behaviour.

77:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rene Howe on John McCombe. Stuart Tomlinson restarts play with the free kick.

76:51 Substitution

Substitution Ben Williamson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Louis Dodds.

76:31

Damon Lathrope takes a shot. Save by Stuart Tomlinson.

76:14

Taiwo Atieno takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Pope.

74:46 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Eunan O'Kane for dissent.

73:57

Assist by Eunan O'Kane.

73:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Jarvis - Torquay 2 - 1 Port Vale Ryan Jarvis finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Torquay 2-1 Port Vale.

73:39

Corner taken by Eunan O'Kane from the left by-line,

73:27

Lee Mansell sends in a cross, clearance by Adam Yates.

72:42

The ball is crossed by Taiwo Atieno, save made by Stuart Tomlinson.

71:49

Marc Richards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Taiwo Atieno. Joe Oastler takes the free kick.

70:45 Substitution

Substitution Tom Pope comes on in place of Sean Rigg.

70:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Rene Howe - Torquay 1 - 1 Port Vale Placed penalty scored by Rene Howe. Torquay 1-1 Port Vale.

68:52 Dismissal

Dismissal Joe Davis shown a red card.

68:41

Joe Davis gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Rene Howe.

67:35

The ball is sent over by Joe Oastler, Ryan Jarvis takes a shot.

64:34

John McCombe concedes a free kick for a foul on Rene Howe. Eunan O'Kane sends in a cross, Lee Mansell has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

63:30

Sean Rigg takes a shot. Robert Olejnik makes a save.

61:37

Effort from deep inside the area by Louis Dodds misses to the left of the target.

60:16 Substitution

Substitution (Torquay) makes a substitution, with Ryan Jarvis coming on for Danny Stevens.

60:16 Substitution

Substitution Taiwo Atieno replaces Ian Morris.

58:57 Substitution

Substitution Paul Marshall joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Shuker.

58:27

The ball is swung over by Eunan O'Kane.

58:08

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kevin Nicholson played to the near post, clearance by Adam Yates.

57:52

Lee Mansell takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Tomlinson.

57:27

The ball is swung over by Kevin Nicholson, blocked by Louis Dodds.

54:22

Doug Loft is adjudged to have handled the ball. The ball is crossed by Kevin Nicholson, Header by Brian Saah from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

53:39

The ball is crossed by Ian Morris, save by Stuart Tomlinson.

52:51

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Kevin Nicholson, clearance made by Doug Loft.

52:33

The ball is swung over by Joe Oastler, clearance by Adam Yates.

51:55

Marc Richards challenges Brian Saah unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kevin Nicholson restarts play with the free kick.

51:23

Eunan O'Kane is ruled offside. Stuart Tomlinson takes the free kick.

49:57

Corner taken by Chris Shuker.

49:39

Sean Rigg sends in a cross, clearance made by Brian Saah.

47:25

Inswinging corner taken by Kevin Nicholson, clearance by Anthony Griffith. Eunan O'Kane decides to take the corner short, Kevin Nicholson crosses the ball.

47:09 Booking

Booking Chris Shuker is booked.

45:10

Handball by Rene Howe. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Tomlinson.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +0:26

Unfair challenge on Marc Richards by Lee Mansell results in a free kick. Doug Loft takes the free kick.

44:41

Free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

44:41 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Adam Yates for unsporting behaviour.

44:33

Adam Yates gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Ellis.

42:21

Rene Howe challenges Joe Davis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stuart Tomlinson takes the free kick.

40:15

The ball is delivered by Eunan O'Kane, save made by Stuart Tomlinson.

39:06

A cross is delivered by Doug Loft, Marc Richards takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Robert Olejnik.

37:08

Foul by Adam Yates on Danny Stevens, free kick awarded. Lee Mansell restarts play with the free kick.

37:01

The ball is swung over by Doug Loft, Kevin Nicholson manages to make a clearance.

35:52

Louis Dodds concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Nicholson. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

35:18

Eunan O'Kane produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.

34:02

The ball is swung over by Kevin Nicholson, Doug Loft gets a block in.

32:46

Outswinging corner taken by Chris Shuker from the right by-line.

31:43

Doug Loft produces a cross, clearance made by Kevin Nicholson.

31:03

The ball is swung over by Sean Rigg, clearance by Damon Lathrope.

28:40

Assist on the goal came from Chris Shuker.

28:40 Goal scored

Goal! - John McCombe - Torquay 0 - 1 Port Vale Goal scored by John McCombe from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Torquay 0-1 Port Vale.

28:37

The ball is swung over by Chris Shuker,

27:35

Corner taken by Chris Shuker from the left by-line played to the near post, Mark Ellis manages to make a clearance.

26:19

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Shuker from the right by-line, clearance by Rene Howe.

26:11

Adam Yates crosses the ball, Kevin Nicholson gets a block in.

24:50

A cross is delivered by Danny Stevens, Headed effort from inside the area by Ian Morris misses to the left of the target.

24:05

Sam Morsy concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Nicholson. Free kick taken by Eunan O'Kane, The ball is sent over by Kevin Nicholson, John McCombe manages to make a clearance.

21:32

Rene Howe challenges Sam Morsy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Doug Loft restarts play with the free kick.

20:31

Short corner taken by Chris Shuker, The ball is swung over by Sam Morsy, Mark Ellis makes a clearance.

19:17

Chris Shuker takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Kevin Nicholson.

19:08

Centre by Adam Yates, Danny Stevens gets a block in.

19:01

Doug Loft delivers the ball, Mark Ellis makes a clearance.

15:35

The referee blows for offside against Ian Morris. Stuart Tomlinson restarts play with the free kick.

14:02

The referee blows for offside. Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.

13:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Griffith by Rene Howe. Sam Morsy takes the free kick.

12:40

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Shuker from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Lee Mansell.

12:25

Shot by Chris Shuker. Blocked by Kevin Nicholson.

9:22

Marc Richards is ruled offside. Robert Olejnik takes the indirect free kick.

9:11

Adam Yates produces a cross, Mark Ellis makes a clearance.

8:49

Kevin Nicholson sends in a cross.

7:21

The ball is sent over by Adam Yates, blocked by Kevin Nicholson.

6:18

Effort from deep inside the area by Danny Stevens misses to the left of the target.

5:31

Marc Richards takes a shot. Brian Saah gets a block in.

4:55

Marc Richards gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Ellis. Brian Saah takes the free kick.

3:52

Doug Loft fouled by Rene Howe, the ref awards a free kick. Stuart Tomlinson restarts play with the free kick.

3:03

Unfair challenge on Chris Shuker by Damon Lathrope results in a free kick. Chris Shuker takes the free kick.

0:56

Shot by Rene Howe from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

0:30

Kevin Nicholson delivers the ball.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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