Branston - Time to pull weight
Guy Branston has urged Torquay United to get their act together and bounce back to winning ways.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 04/02/11 3:42pm
Torquay defender Guy Branston has urged the Gulls to get their act together and bounce back to winning ways at home to Stockport on Saturday.
Paul Buckle's side have won just one of their last seven league games and were dumped out of the FA Cup last Saturday by non-league Crawley.
That run has seen Torquay slide from sixth to 14th in League Two, eight points adrift of the play-offs after Tuesday night's 3-1 home defeat by Hereford.
"The last few weeks we've conceded far too many goals," Branston told skysports.com. "We've got to tighten up at the back and as a group.
"We make a mistake and it's costing us. Hereford probably had three chances in the game and scored all three, and they're not great goals - they're silly goals to give away.
"We watched a video yesterday morning (Thursday) and the gaffer's ripping into us - and quite rightly. He's brought us in here and it's his head on the block.
"We're sitting here on good contracts and at the minute we're just not pulling our weight. It's not falling right for us right now. But we've been working hard out there on the training pitch to fix things."
Torquay's misery at being dumped out of the Cup was compounded by Crawley being drawn away to Manchester United in the fifth round.
Branston, 32, admitted it was a big blow to miss out on a trip to Old Trafford but wishes the non-league big spenders well.
"We were gutted," he said. "Man United - that would have been amazing. Even if we won it could have been different balls and different selections, but sometimes the draw just goes in your favour.
"But there's nothing we can do about it now. They were better than us on the day, they got the goal and we lost 1-0.
"Steve Evans is a very good manager and knows what he's doing at this level. They've got a lot of good players from the Football League and the Conference, but they're working very hard for the money they're getting.
"They're doing tremendously and full credit to them. I hope they go and beat Man Utd because it's a fairytale and Steve Evans deserves that."
Torquay had to sell their 15-goal top scorer Elliot Benyon to Swindon and midfielder Nicky Wroe to Shrewsbury on deadline day.
But Buckle bolstered his squad with two loan signings and Saturday sees the visit of bottom club Stockport, who held the Gulls to a 1-1 draw at Edgeley Park in November.
"We should have beaten them at their ground," Branston added. "But that's been our main problem this season - we haven't scored an abundance of goals.
"We've lost our main striker and one of our ball players. Because we didn't get a Premier League team in the Cup we had to sell to balance the books.
"But we've brought in two very good players in Craig Stanley and Jake Robinson, so let's see if we can get the goals we deserve. I'm pretty sure that with the amount of chances we make, we can get the goals this time."