Torquay boss Martin Ling joy at first Ian Morris goal

Ian Morris
Morris scored his first goal in 20 Torquay United appearances

Torquay United manager Martin Ling has praised the performance of Ian Morris after the .

The 24-year-old midfielder, who had a knee operation in the autumn, scored his first goal for the club since arriving in the summer.

"Since he had that injury at the start of the season and [came back from] the operation, he's been really, really good," Ling told BBC Radio Devon.

The result extended Torquay's unbeaten run to four matches.

Dublin-born Morris has only started 14 of Torquay's 26 league games so far this season, but Ling admitted his persistence had impressed him.

"It's pleasing for him because he's been the player that's been 12th man for some of the time with Billy (Bodin) being here," Ling said.

"I'm really pleased for Ian because he puts it in day-in, day-out in training and he's been a little bit frustrated to be left out sometimes. But he certainly does the job when he gets the chance."

And Ling felt that his side, who are now only out of the League Two play-off places on goal difference, did well to come away from Macclesfield with the win.

"I thought it was a thoroughly professional display.

"Whenever we got it down in the first half we looked like we could cause problems and when we actually did it [in the] second half, it was pleasing to show we had a lot of credentials going forward and a lot of character."