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Ling happy to play waiting game in search for a striker

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 24, 2013


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TORQUAY United manager Martin Ling says he's looking to bring another striker to Plainmoor before the transfer deadline shuts at the end of the month.

Torquay United face a heavy fixture schedule with three midweek games already pencilled in for February, and Ling is wary that he may need cover up front.

"It's putting us in a situation where we are struggling to find slots in the calendar," said the Gulls boss.

"We still have 20 games to play, and we will be playing on a Tuesday night most weeks. That's without considering any more bad weather."

However, Ling admitted it may be a case of good things come to those who wait when dealing with transfers this January.

"I don't think we need a Ryan Jarvis, Ashley Yeoman or Billy Bodin-type forward," said Ling. "What we might need is a bigger player for when Rene (Howe) is out. We should get a better one if we wait.

"It's a game of Russian roulette, because you get a better quality of player if they know they're going to start.

"I want to make sure that the little bit of money that we have got is invested wisely."

Martin Ling goes into Monday night's match with no new injury worries.

Ian Morris is still out with an Achilles problem, while full-back Lloyd Macklin is unlikely to recover in time from a broken metatarsal – although he has now resumed full training again.

Torquay United's match at home to Chesterfield was postponed on Saturday.

Martin Ling's side are looking to end a run of six games without a win.

Predicted line up: Poke, Oastler, Nicholson, Downes, Saah, Lathrope, Mansell, Jarvis, Bodin, Craig, Howe

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