Martin Ling upbeat as Gulls seek to exploit their good start
TORQUAY will defend one of only two unbeaten records in League Two when they play host to Argyle.
The Gulls, who lost to Cheltenham Town in the play-off semi-finals last season, have won one and drawn three of their fixtures so far this term.
Torquay are in 11th position in the table after their 1-1 stalemate at Port Vale last Saturday.
Manager Martin Ling has given his Gulls side a 'seven out of 10' mark for their start to the season, and called on them to start putting a series of wins together at Plainmoor.
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The only other club with an unbeaten record in League Two are table-topping Gillingham, who have picked up 10 points out of a possible 12.
Ling does not believe Torquay have had an easy start, either.
They drew 0-0 at newly-promoted Fleetwood Town on the opening day of the League Two campaign, before being held 2-2 at home to Cheltenham.
The Gulls then won 4-2 at home to Rochdale, who were relegated from League One last term, before drawing against Port Vale.
Ling said: "I do believe the four teams we have played so far will be in the top half of the table. I think we will be and I think Plymouth will be.
"It has been a decent start to the season. We have had some tough games and picked up some decent results, in terms of the two away draws and the draw against Cheltenham, who are going to be there or thereabouts. We have also beaten Rochdale.
"If you asked me for a mark out of 10 for our start I would give us a seven, which is good enough.
"But we need to start putting some wins together and home is the place where we need to get those wins."
Torquay have been boosted this week by the return to full training of Danny Stevens. The 5ft 5in winger has not featured for the Gulls this season because of a thigh injury but is set to be included in the Gulls squad against Argyle.
Injured trio Damon Lathrope, Lloyd Macklin (both knee) and Saul Halpin (ankle) are still sidelined.
And Ling only rates the chances of midfielder Craig Easton returning from a groin strain as '20-80 against'.
Ling will recall Australian centre-back Aaron Downes, who has completed a one-match suspension after being sent-off in the victory over Rochdale.
Downes, who was voted as the Gulls' player-of-the-month for August, was replaced by 18-year-old Kirtys McKenzie against Port Vale. Ling signed Downes in July, shortly after he had played on trial for Yeovil Town in a 5-0 pre-season defeat of Argyle at Dorchester Town FC.