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Torquay United defender Brian Saah's on a Wembley mission

By Herald Express  |  Posted: May 10, 2012

Torquay United's Brian Saah. Picture by Torbay News Agency

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TORQUAY UNITED'S in-form defender Brian Saah has his heart set on a double-mission – playing at Wembley for the first time AND helping the Gulls to win promotion to League One.

Club captain Saah, who's been United's most consistent player over the last few months, is relishing the Play-Offs which start with Sunday's Semi-Final First Leg at Westcountry rivals Cheltenham Town (KO 12.00).

"Everyone at the club has done a good job to be where we are this season, but this job is not finished yet," said the former Leyton Orient and Cambridge United centre-back.

"The 46-game season is done, and fifth place is a very positive position.

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"Regardless of our result at Hereford on the last day, it was never in our hands there and Crawley won to go straight up.

"Everyone here has dusted themselves down very quickly."

Six United players know what it's like to play at Wembley, but Londoner Saah, 25, said: "I went to visit the old Wembley when I was younger, but I've never played there.

"Not every player gets the chance to do it. It's a pinnacle of anyone's career.

"But we can't really think about that yet, and we're all up now for two massive games against Cheltenham.

"It doesn't really matter where you finish in the league, and just because we finished above Cheltenham doesn't mean anything now.

"It will be on the day, and who handles the two occasions better."

United took four points off the Robins in the regular season.

Their 1-0 victory at Whaddon Road in February was clinched by a match-winning header on his own goalline by Saah in the closing stages.

United manager Martin Ling does have one injury doubt – leading scorer Rene Howe has been rested all week because of a groin strain which forced his replacement at half-time in last Saturday's 3-2 defeat at Hereford United.

The Gulls' boss has also had to handle fresh end-of-season transfer speculation, mainly about midfielder Eunan O'Kane, who reportedly interests newly-crowned League Two champions Swindon Town.

"There has been no contact to me from Swindon, or anyone else," stressed Line.

"I'm sure Eunan is one of many of our players who have caught the eye this season, but that's as far as it goes.

"He's got a big job to do over the next three games."

Sunday's first leg at Cheltenham will be televised live on Sky Sports, as will the second leg at Plainmoor next Thursday (7.45pm).

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