Torquay's Thompson Playing Role As Super-Sub

By: Elaine Brand |
04/12/12 |
Niall Thompson

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Torquay United boss Martin Ling has revealed he has been delighted by winger Niall Thompson’s impact as a substitute.

The 19-year-old set up the winner in the 2-1 win over Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday as Abu Ogogo diverted his cross past his own goalkeeper.

“Niall came on and has had an effect on the game as he often does,” Manager Martin Ling told BBC South West Sport.

“I think he’s more effective when teams are tired and he came on and was effective.”

Thompson, who is still learning his trade at Plainmoor since signing his first professional deal in May, has made 13 of his 16 appearances this term – from the bench.

“Every player would like to start, but the gaffer knows best,” he said.

“When I come on I always try to make an impact on every game I play. I’m really delighted with this one, that’s two assists in two games and I can’t ask for more.”

“I didn’t expect to be playing so much from being a first-year pro, I didn’t even expect to travel that many times.”

“To get on the bench is just a bonus and to come off the bench, I couldn’t ask for more.”