(From Devon Live) If Torquay United’s surprise home defeat to bottom club Weston-super-Mare at the weekend did not inflict the damage that it might normally have done, then Tuesday night’s rearranged meeting with third-placed Chelmsford City at Plainmoor is entirely another matter.

Gulls manager Gary Johnson described this match as ‘a cup final’ after Weston had snatched that 2-1 victory on Saturday, and it is followed for the National League South leaders by a trip to Billericay Town (4th) at the weekend.

“In some ways, if we’ve got to lose one, it was better to lose to Weston than to one of the teams just below us,” said Johnson.

“We’ve got three or four big games coming up.

“We’ve had a very good day’s training since Saturday – we needed to go over a few things and it wasn’t all singing and dancing.

“I think we were mentally lazy more than anything else in the first half, but we did more than enough in the second half to win, even though we were poor in the first half.

“My glass is always half-full, and that’s important for the lads.”

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