Head coach Gary Owers has warned his relegation-battling Torquay United squad to take it easy in any goal-celebrations – to guard against conceding sloppy goals in the aftermath.

The Gulls have put themselves back in with a chance of staying in the Vanarama National League after a six-point Easter, and they now have six matches left to avoid the drop into the NL South. Owers says the pressure will only increase during the run-in, and he stressed: “I’ve spoken to the players about scoring goals and the celebration.

“Every goal now is a big goal. I’ve seen it even at the top level and in lots of other games – teams scoring goals in the last minute to equalise and then getting beat.

“I’ve seen it over and over in my career, where lads at the back run 70 yards to go and join in the celebrations, and all of a sudden they’re kicking off again, half the team can’t breathe and they’re not ready.”

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