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Gulls chilled about their promotion push says Captain Lee Mansell

By This is Devon  |  Posted: April 20, 2011

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CAPTAIN LEE Mansell believes that Torquay United, drawing on the experience of many big games over the last few years, are in the perfect frame of mind for the last four games of their League Two promotion push.

"Everyone is pretty chilled and very relaxed," said the Gulls' long-serving skipper.

"In the four years we've had under the gaffer, we've had lots of huge games, thankfully all of them positive.

"Friday against Wycombe is no exception.

"I've done both – at the bottom of the table as well as the top – and I know which is more fun.

"We can call on the experience of those big games, and I'm sure we're doing that."

Former Luton and Oxford player Mansell, 28, who has made more than 240 appearances for the club, also thinks that United's younger players are coming up trumps.

"I call them our fearless young warriors," he said.

"They've not been in this situation before, but lads like Damon Lathrope, Eunan O'Kane, Joe Oastler and Billy Kee are taking it all in their stride.

"I don't see anyone getting tense or tight, and they're all champing at the bit to play.

"It's a good place to be."

Looking ahead to this Good Friday's key home game against third-placed Wycombe Wanderers (3pm), Mansell said: "I think Chesterfield are up really, but Wycombe and Bury are the two teams we can catch.

"Bury have been in there in the last couple of seasons and missed out.

"They've got a lot of lads who have been there before and maybe they may tighten up.

"I'm really looking forward to Friday – it should be a great atmosphere and a great game.

"I don't think our win at Wycombe (3-1 in November) has any relevance, although we did play well there.

"But in many ways there's a lot more at stake for them now.

"They need to come here and get a result.

"If we win, we close the gap to two points.

"At this time of year everyone looks at the other teams' matches and who they've got to play.

"But we can't think about anyone else.

"If we don't get the right results, we won't be looking at the Play-Offs or automatic promotion.

"So we need to make sure that we do our stuff in all four games."

Mansell added his congratulations to centre-half Guy Branston, for his selection in the PFA League Two All-Star XI.

"A massive 'Well Done' to the big feller," he said.

"But I'm just a bit gutted that there wasn't a few more of us in the XI."

United Reserves will try to complete their 12-game season unbeaten away to Swansea City in the Totesport.com Combination this afternoon (2pm).

That's after the new Wales & West champions beat Forest Green Rovers 2-1 at The New Lawn on Monday night.

Joe Oastler, who played at centre-back alongside Mark Ellis, gave United the lead in the first half.

Rovers equalised in the second half, before Dammir Jamac, a trialist from London, scored the winner.

United's team lined up: Ibbetson; Taylor (Latimer/Thompson), Oastler, Ellis, Rowe-Turner; Spear, Yeoman, Kudi, Halpin (Quinn); Macklin, Jamac.

Gulls fans can now vote online for the club's Player Of The Year award.

A paper-slip vote is being organised by TUST at Friday's game against Wycombe, but supporters can also vote by logging on to webmaster@torquayunited.com

The deadline is 12 noon next Monday.

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