Johnson thanks fans and says 'we can still make the play-offs'

Torbay Weekly

Manager Gary Johnson believes that Torquay United still have a good chance to make the National League Play-Offs, despite emerging from home games against Barnet (2-2) and Boreham Wood (0-0) with no more than two points.

Describing last Saturday's draw as 'two points lost', and Tuesday's stalemate against FA Cup giant-killers Boreham Wood as 'a point gained', Johnson insists that a repeat of United's current form until the end of the season will take them into a second successive Play-Off campaign.

United have suffered only two defeats in their last 12 games, taking 24 points out of 36, and two-points-per game over the last 15 matches will take them to 72 - usually enough to make the top-seven.

"I believe it's still there for us, I believe in the players and I'm not letting the lads lose the faith," Johnson said.

"The top four or five teams may be difficult to catch, but you've still got sixth and seventh spots and quite a few teams, including a couple just below us, are competing for them.

"That draw (against Boreham Wood) won't seem a bad point in a little while, especially if we can get a couple of other results pretty quick."

United (11th), nine points off the POs, travel to Wealdstone (18th) on Saturday, followed by Bromley (7th) at home and one-from-bottom King's Lynn Town away.

Boreham Wood (3rd) have built their impressive season - they go to Everton in the FA Cup Fifth Round next week - on a defence which has conceded only 17 goals in 26 league games and none in the Cup.

Even without three regulars, they were one of the strongest teams to visit Plainmoor this season, hitting the post in the first half and keeping Torquay's defence at full stretch for much of the game.

But, much as they had done against big-spending Wrexham (1-0) recently, United fought hard to match them and Johnson said: "It was a hard-earned point.

"And I really do appreciate it when the supporters appreciate what you've done and recognise the effort that went into the game, from both sides."

United lost Armani Little to illness before kick-off, but Johnson said he should be back for the weekend.

Johnson thanked the Plainmoor crowd for the way they stuck with his side on Tuesday.

"You have to be strong against that team, and I do appreciate it when the supporters appreciate what you've done," said Johnson.

"I would have liked to create a few more opportunities, but we kept them down to three or four.

"It doesn't make for a fantastic football match, but the people who recognise the effort that went in from both sides will have enjoyed that game.

"It was always going to be a 1-0 either way or a 0-0, and we didn't get that little bit of luck in front of goal.

"We had two points lost against Barnet (2-2 on Saturday), but a point gained tonight in my opinion."

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