Manager Keith Hill toasted his first win since returning to Rochdale as they secured a 1-0 victory over Torquay.

Four games into his second spell at Spotland, Hill guided Dale to their first win of 2013 as Rhys Bennett's 18th-minute effort proved enough to sink the struggling Gulls.

"To generate belief in what we are trying to achieve and what we are doing on the training pitch you need results," said Hill. "We are turning an idea into a good idea by picking up results like that.

"We looked quite solid apart from the mistake that Shane made early on in the game and I'm pleased that we have kept a clean sheet again. It's great to get three points on the board because it generates a snowball effect in terms of building belief and a bit of fear factor among the opposition as we go into the next game that we can win matches."

Shaun Taylor, took charge of the Torquay side in the absence of manager Martin Ling, who is recovering from a debilitating illness, and he expects to be in the dugout when they go to Aldershot on Tuesday.

"I expect to be in charge for Tuesday's game - as far as I know there has been no change in that situation," he said. "I've been told to take the reins until told otherwise and I'll continue to do that.

"I was disappointed with the result but I can't fault the players' effort and endeavour. The reality now is that while effort and endeavour is fine, we need to get some points on the board.

"We had the best chance of the game early on but Rene has put us in many a good position with his goals so we can't be too hard on him for the fact he didn't manage to score on this occasion.

"They broke away and scored after that and from then on it was an uphill battle.

"I thought both sides tried to play football the right way, there was not too much direct play. But they got the breakthrough, we didn't take ours and ended up fighting for it for the rest of the game."