Branston - We'll get out of pickle

Loan stopper ready to roll up his sleeves

Branston: Ready to battle

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Guy Branston believes that Torquay's young guns have the stomach for a fight as they battle to keep the Gulls in League Two.

The South Coast club are one place above the bottom two as they aim to maintain their Football League status after coming up last season.

Paul Buckle has bolstered his squad with a host of young loan signings, such as 19-year-old Tottenham defenders Sam Cox and Adam Smith.

The Gulls' boss has recently agreed loan deals for Leicester defender Lathaniel Rowe-Turner (20), Swindon midfielder Lloyd Macklin (19) and Plymouth forward Ashley Barnes (20), and Branston has been hugely impressed by the youngsters.

"There are lads here who are 19, 20, and I think the average age of the team is 22, but the work ethic here's brilliant," he told skysports.com.

"They've come out of the Academies and some come down from these big clubs to the lower leagues thinking they can just cruise through it and sign for a Championship club in the summer without having done much for themselves.

"Some think they're big time but none of these do - they're running round like their life depends on it. You've got to hit the ground running and you've got to learn quickly.

"They're young pros and sometimes they'll show some inexperience on the pitch but the only thing that matters to me and everyone else involved here is if the work ethic's there.

"That's great for the club, it's what you want to see, and if they keep showing that then I'm sure they'll progress."

Experience

Buckle also brought in Branston, 31, on loan from Burton and 34-year- old Mo Camara from St Mirren in the transfer window to add some experience to his defence.

In five games up to the 1-1 draw at Crewe on 2nd February, Torquay dropped seven points due to late goals alone.

But the Gulls showed their new-found never-say-die attitude by grabbing late equalisers to claim 1-1 draws against Rotherham on Friday and Cheltenham on Tuesday night.

"We've been conceding goals late on, set-pieces have been an issue and balls coming into the box have been an issue," Branston added.

"No-one's come out and been aggressive and dominant - and I think that's me all over. I'm big and aggressive, and I want to win every tackle. That's what the gaffer wanted and I think he wants that right down the middle of the pitch - midfield and centre-forward as well.

"Losing Scott Rendell to injury has been a big blow, but the gaffer's brought new lads in who are going to take the opportunity.

"It's a transition stage but we've got plenty of games to sort it out so we're not worried, we're all really positive. The aim for the club's first year back in the League is just to stay up, set yourself a platform and build on it."