"We can feel sorry for ourselves if anybody wants to, but the fact is that we've got to go again on Tuesday night against Rotherham," stressed assistant manager Shaun Taylor after Torquay United's frustrating 1-0 home defeat by Fleetwood Town.
"We are scrapping and fighting for points and, at times like that, things like this happen. It's the nature of the beast. I've been there before.
"Emotions are high in our dressing-room at the moment, because I don't think we've played better than we did in the first half for a long time.
"The effort from the players was fantastic – that's all I asked, and they delivered, especially in the first half.
"In the second half we didn't have the amount of chances we had in the first, and maybe the final ball was a bit wanting. But what I did get was a committed performance, and I am proud of them in lots of ways.
"The performance was there, but not the result. But if they can give me that again on Tuesday night against Rotherham, we won't be far away."
Taylor was disappointed that referee Paul Gibbs turned down an early penalty appeal for handball by Fleetwood defender Alan Goodall on a shot by captain Lee Mansell. He revealed: "I asked the referee about it at half-time, and he said he had been to a referees' meeting recently, and they are trying to cut down the amount of handball decisions.
"I'm afraid I don't understand that. His [Goodall's] hands are above him, when your head should be there."
Today will mark a fortnight since Ling was forced to report in sick, and Taylor will be in charge again for Rotherham's visit to Plainmoor tomorrow.
Doctors are reportedly still trying to get to the bottom of the suspected viral complaint which has laid the Gulls' popular manager so low.
Fleetwood's new manager Graham Alexander said: "Torquay put us under some pressure, but we defended resolutely. It's a great result."
The Gulls' squad to face the Millers tomorrow will be boosted by the presence of old favourite Elliot Benyon.
The striker whose goals did so much to keep Torquay in the Football League in the 2009-10 season is on his way back to Plainmoor from Southend United. He has initially rejoined the Gulls on a month's loan, and will be eligible to play against Rotherham.
Benyon spent four productive years with Torquay, from 2007 to 2011, before moving on to Swindon Town.