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Joe Oastler: Eyes on promotion push

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Torquay full-back Joe Oastler believes they can still gain automatic promotion out of League Two, despite Crawley holding pole position.

The Red Devils leap-frogged Torquay into third following Tuesday night's 3-1 win over Northampton, but remain ahead only on goal difference.

The Gulls know that winning all three of their remaining fixtures still might be enough to clinch the third and final automatic promotion place.

However, the 21-year-old told Sky Sports that confidence remains high of finishing above Crawley.

"My eyes were glued to the TV on Tuesday night, but we can only do what is in our hands," he said.

"All we can do is focus on ourselves and making sure that we win our games and hopefully everything will be okay.

"It seems to look like a two horse race for third place now, but you never know what can happen in football.

"Shrewsbury are four points clear now, so you'd fancy them to go on and seal automatic promotion, so it is down to us or Crawley to join them.

"Whoever comes out best over the next three games will obviously go up, but we can only focus on doing our job first and then seeing whether it is good enough at the end of the season."


Torquay travel to mid-table AFC Wimbledon this weekend hoping to return to winning ways following consecutive draws and the former QPR youngster expects a tough test at Kingsmeadow.

"Wimbledon is a tough trip because the fans get behind them there and the club has got a lot of history behind it, but we've come up against similar challenges before this season and won.

"We will concentrate on our own game and make sure that we play to our strengths and pass the ball well and if we do that we'll be confident of coming back with the three points.

"It isn't going to be easy by any means, but we will just look to continue doing what we've been doing."