Torquay United assistant manager Shaun Taylor was happy to lead the celebrations in the absence of boss Martin Ling, following their 1-0 Devon derby victory over local rivals Exeter City.

Rene Howe's penalty on 17 minutes sealed the points for the Gulls, who had to withstand plenty of pressure from the home side, as Exeter failed to turn their second half dominance into goals.

"I am delighted and I have got a smile on my face," said Taylor. "It was a solid performance all round and the players did the team proud.

"We got the goal and knew it would be tough in the second half, especially with such a strong wind. People may question whether we deserved the win, but we battled well in the second half. Getting three points here is massive for us and it is great for the fans as well.

"We still had some good opportunities in the second half to get a second goal but we did weather a bit of a storm second half but we weathered it admirably. We haven't been playing too badly, that result will stand us in good stead heading into the Cheltenham game on Saturday which will be tough.

"I haven't spoken to Martin yet, but I spoke to him a couple of hours before the game and he is at home. We don't know the extent of his illness, but I'm sure he will be happy tonight."

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale lamented Steve Tully's poor tackle on Billy Bodin, which led to Howe scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty spot.

"We have paid the price for giving away a very soft penalty. We were certainly good enough to create chances - and we did - and I am left wondering how we didn't score," Tisdale said.

"We have worked the goalkeeper, we had plenty of corners and opportunities and on the whole, we didn't do too much wrong. We just gave away a very, very poor penalty. It was a foolish piece of defending.

"The players need to release themselves from that anxiety and be pragmatic. If we had scored one tonight, we would have had the chance of a second, so there really wasn't too much wrong."