Torquay United boss Buckle bullish ahead of play-offs

Paul Buckle

Buckle has been in charge at Plainmoor since 2007

Torquay boss Paul Buckle says his players have the ability to make it through the League Two play-offs.

The Gulls held on to the final play-off spot despite falling to a 3-1 defeat at Rotherham on Saturday.

"These players have been incredible for me," Buckle told BBC Devon. "They're a credit to themselves and the club

"We believe we can go and win now, we believe we can step forward, and we're going to go and give it everything we've got."

Torquay now face Shrewsbury Town over two legs in the semi-finals, the first at Plainmoor next Saturday.

"I wasn't fussed who we got," Buckle continued. "I trust my team.

"I think we're a good side and on our day we can be a match for anyone and it's going to be one hell of a game against Shrewsbury."

Torquay, who had one point deducted earlier in the season, finished ahead of Gillingham on goal difference and would have dropped out of the top seven had champions Chesterfield not beaten the Gills 3-1.

Buckle said: "It's a wonderful feeling, but we've not celebrated like when we reached the play-offs before, as we know there's a lot of hard work ahead.

"Over 46 games we've been good enough, we haven't had an awful lot of luck, but we've nicked a bit today I suppose where Chesterfield have beaten Gillingham.

"So many people wrote us off at the start of the season, expected us to struggle and we're sitting in the play-offs.

"We're a very small club at this level. You see the big sides that have missed out and we're so proud to be in there."