Branston: Boro are favourites

Branston: Impressed with Boro

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Torquay defender Guy Branston believes the pressure is on Stevenage in Saturday's League Two play-off final at Old Trafford.

The Gulls, who booked their place in the showpiece final with a two-legged semi-final victory over Shrewsbury, were among the pre-season favourites for relegation but surprised many by finishing seventh in the table.

It was a similarly impressive season for Stevenage as they took to the Football League instantly, finishing sixth in their debut season in the fourth tier after running away with the Blue Square Bet Premier last term.

But Branston, who was named in the Professional Footballers' Association League Two Team of the Year, believes the pressure is on Stevenage, who operate with a bigger budget.

"It is a one-off game," Branston said. "No matter what anyone says about Stevenage, they are a big club at Conference and League Two level and they want to progress.

"Their manager (Graham Westley) is so ambitious it's frightening and anyone who is ambitious is well liked by me. They are a big, big club and the pressure is on them. We are a raggedy bunch of lads who are put together on a shoestring and the undervalued lot of the division. They will be more nervous."