Torquay United fans are in the team
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Manager Gary Johnson says that the Plainmoor crowd are 'in the team' and can tilt next Saturday's National League Play-Off Semi-Final against Notts County in the Gulls' favour.
A Covid-reduced capacity of just under 2,000 is sold out and, with no away fans, home advantage should count for even more during the post-season.
Johnson oversaw a private practice match at United's home on Saturday before he and the squad watched TV coverage as Notts beat Chesterfield 3-2 in a dramatic 'Elimination Round' game at Meadow Lane.
Johnson, who recently attended the League One Play-Off between Lincoln City and his son Lee's team Sunderland, said: "Notts managed to stay in the game and, with great crowd support, came from behind to win.
"I watched Lincoln against Sunderland, and the home crowd played a big part there as well.
"Our supporters are more than our 12th man - they're in the team.
"All the Play-Offs this year have shown how important home support is, and you must take advantage of it.
- 1 Hartlepool United 1 Torquay United 1 (Hartlepool win 5-4 on penalties after extra-time)
- 2 Gulls inconsolable after defeat
- 3 Striker Scott not playing in play-off final - for a very good reason
- 4 Torbay's 'hidden gem' going from strength to strength - perhaps new restaurant will 'hammer' home that message?
- 5 Torquay United penalty order...just in case
- 6 Concentration the key for Torquay United
- 7 Tributes paid to village character Leebo who will be missed by many - but not perhaps some marauding football fans!
- 8 Tributes to our Mike - a true Torquinian and family man
- 9 Congratulations from Clarke
- 10 So much at stake for Torquay United
"Our Yellow Army can play a really big part in winning this game for us - and I'm sure they will."
The inspiration for Notts, who trailed 0-1 and 1-2, was former Torquay centre-back Mark Ellis.
First-half goals by Danny Rowe and Liam Mandeville twice gave Chesterfield the lead, sandwiched by a Kyle Wootton effort.
But in a second-half which saw Spireites goalkeeper James Montgomery hampered by injury, Tranmere Rovers loanee Ellis set up Wootton's equaliser and then scored the winner himself in the 90th minute.