Wright issues rallying call

Winger remains hopeful that Shrewsbury can reach play-off final

Wright: Remaining optimistic that Shrewsbury can beat Torquay to reach the play-off final

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Mark Wright believes Shrewsbury can still reach the play-off final, despite losing 2-0 in the first leg of their semi-final clash with Torquay.

The Shrews were comfortably beaten at Plainmoor and face an uphill task when they welcome the Gulls to the Greenhous Meadow on Friday night.

However, with a place in the Old Trafford showpiece up for grabs, former Bristol Rovers winger says that no one will be giving up until the final whistle has blown.

"We have to be confident going into the second leg because we didn't really perform down at Torquay and didn't play how we can do," Wright told skysports.com.

Big ask

"We know that if we perform how we can do and have done this season then we still have a good chance of progressing.

"Our form has been pretty good at home all season, with a few slip-ups every so often, so it will be a tough fixture for Torquay to come to our place and all we can do is give it our all and hopefully get two goals and take it to extra-time or get three goals, which isn't impossible.

"It's a big ask for us, but if we play well then I know that we've got the ability to score goals.

"When we do play well then we tend to batter sides in this division because we've got a lot of good attacking players, so if we all perform to our best ability it will give us a good chance on Friday.

"Torquay are a very good team and they wouldn't be in the play-offs if they weren't, but we know that we've got the players in our squad to really get at their back four, which we didn't do in the first leg.

"We didn't create enough chances for our strikers on Saturday, but if we can do that on Friday then it will give their defence something to worry about."