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LIVE BLOG: Torquay United v Port Vale

By GuyHenderson  |  Posted: February 23, 2013

Alan Knill

Alan Knill

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THE stakes are high at Plainmoor on Saturday afternoon as Torquay United host Port Vale.

It will be the first game in charge for the Gulls' new interim manager Alan Knill, introduced this week as the man to hold the reins while boss Martin Ling recovers from what the club has described as a 'debilitating illness'.

Knill's first team selection will be crucial as he tries to arrest a slide towards the league Two relegation battle. Torquay have lost five games in a row since winning at local rivals Exeter City last month.

Defeat against high-flying Vale could see the Gulls dragged into the heart of the relegation turmoil.

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Vale, meanwhile, could go back to the top of the table if they can take all three points.

Striker Tom Pope is comfortably the leading scorer in League Two with 25 league goals already this season, seven more than Exeter's Jamie Cureton in second place.

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