Branston puts sentiment aside

In-form defender out to sustain Torquay challenge against old clubs

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Guy Branston insists there can be no room for sentiment as Torquay's promotion push intensifies over the Easter weekend.

The Gulls take on teams at either end of the table in Wycombe and Burton, and both are former clubs of the 32-year-old defender, who was named in League Two's Team of the Year on Sunday.

But Torquay are in desperate need of points too as they aim to cement a play-off spot, with just two games remaining after Easter Monday.

"They're huge games for the club and for me personnally," Branston told skysports.com.

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"I had a great time on loan at Wycombe (in 2003). I worked under Lawrie Sanchez, John Gorman and Tony Adams - I had three managers in three months there - and I nearly signed for Tony Adams, but I turned it down to go back to Rotherham and fight for my place.

"I had six months at Burton before joining Torquay last January and they're well-run, they don't half look after the players.

"It didn't work out for me football-wise but I have no qualms with anyone there. Paul Peschisolido text me to say 'well done' for getting in the team of the year - that's the calibre of the man - and everyone else has been the same, the chairman and even Darren Moore, who took my place in the side.

Respect

"I have respect for everyone at Burton and wish them success in the future but we need the three points.

"I want them to stay up but I'll be going out there to beat them on Monday, that's what Torquay pay me to do. I do everything I can to win football matches but Burton will expect that - that's why they signed me in the first place."

Torquay go into Good Friday's home game with third-placed Wycombe five points behind the Chairboys, with Paul Buckle's men in the play-off places on goal difference.

Burton are four points above the drop zone and Branston is well aware the two games will be very different propositions for a Torquay side which has hit form at just the right time, going unbeaten in their last eight.

"Friday's the bigger game because Wycombe are up there too but Burton are fighting for their lives," he said.

Gung-ho

"I think Wycombe would be happy with a win or a draw so I expect us or them to shut up shop and one of us could win it 1-0. I think Burton will come out gung-ho, though. They need the points so I think either of us could win 4-0. But that's what we've had to deal with all season - playing different tactics.

"I've had managers before that pick a game-plan and stick with it all season, but the gaffer here looks at every game differently. He's very astute and tactically-minded.

"Some fans wanted us to run away with the league after winning the first four games but that just wasn't feasible.

"Torquay are a small club with a young side that needed to develop as a group and slowly but surely we've done that. We socialise together, we're a tight group, and that's showing on the pitch."

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