Turning a deaf ear to Torquay naysayers can help the club into the League Two play-offs, according to midfielder Eunan O'Kane.
The former Everton trainee has been instrumental in the Gulls' recent run of six victories in eight league matches, culminating in the 1-0 win against Swindon on Boxing Day which took the Devon club to within three points of the top seven.
O'Kane said paying little attention to the critics who ridiculed Torquay's run to the play-offs last season was important in the team's success. And the 21-year-old stressed the Gulls will not listen to those negative opinions this time around either.
"Last year we heard over and over again people saying that we were going to be in the relegation zone. People outside looking in felt we should've been there but we put in performances," he said.
"We beat big teams to get to where we did and we weren't listening to anyone but ourselves.
"That got us all the way to the play-off final and if we do it again, who knows. We could get there again or we could even get promoted."