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Reeves: We believe

Midfielder confident ahead of Devon trip

11 June 2021

Jake Reeves believes the squad has the mental fortitude to successfully navigate the tough challenge of Torquay away in the semi-finals of the Vanarama National League play-offs.

We come into the game on the back of a dramatic eliminator victory over Chesterfield, when we twice came from behind to seal our passage to Plainmoor.

And Reeves thinks the performance epitomised the character and belief within the group, two factors he knows will be vital if we’re to overcome our latest test.

“A key element for us is knowing it doesn’t matter if we go behind in a game,” said the midfielder. “We have that belief that we can get back into it and that’s a good thing to have in the squad.

“We seem to not only be keeping the ball and playing well but creating chances and being on the front foot, even in our defending. It’s really enjoyable.

“It’s been a normal week in terms of preparations. Everyone’s smiling and happy to come to work and I think that’s a good sign.”

The Gulls are, on paper, the hardest opponent in this year’s competition having finished in second place, four points behind champions Sutton and three clear of Stockport in third.

But Reeves is one of many players within Ian Burchnall’s squad who has play-off experience to draw on this weekend.

“I played in AFC Wimbledon’s League Two play-off final against Plymouth at Wembley a few years ago, which we won 2-0. It was an amazing moment,” he recalled.

“There was a real togetherness in the players and staff and a belief in what we were doing – and I think we have that here, too. The spirit is right up there in terms of the teams I’ve played in.

“My aim was always to come here and push for promotion, no matter how I got it. These are great moments to cherish but, obviously, you want to finish it off.”

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