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Buckle pleased with loanee debuts

Paul Buckle
Buckle was impressed by loan signing Chris Zebroski's speed up front

Torquay United boss Paul Buckle praised the contribution of his two new loan signings following Saturday's home loss to Rotherham in League Two.

Chris Zebroski and Adam Smith joined the Gulls last Friday and both featured in the starting line up on Saturday.

After the Rotherham game, Buckle told BBC Radio Devon: "I feel that Smith and Zebroski both did great.

"Zebroski showed that he's got the pace to go past people, which is definitely an improvement for us up top."

Zebroski joined the Gulls on loan from Wycombe Wanderers.

But the 22-year-old striker has played at Plainmoor before, scoring 19 goals in 52 appearances for Torquay two years ago.

Full-back Smith, who signed from Spurs, also impressed the Torquay manager with his performance against the Millers.

Buckle said: "Smith showed that he's more than capable of marking one for one.

"I've been saying for a while now that if we're going to play 4-4-2, I want my wingers to play high and they can't always be expected to come back and double-up.

"So we coped very well today with Mansell and Smith in the full-back positions, and he [Smith] had a great debut."

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see also
Torquay 0-2 Rotherham
21 Nov 09 |  League Two
Zebroski clinches Torquay return
20 Nov 09 |  Torquay

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