Boss Paul Buckle immediately turned his attention to finishing the job at Shrewsbury on Friday after Torquay won the first leg of their npower League Two play-off semi-final 2-0.

A 29th-minute strike from 15-goal Chris Zebroski and a thumping 25-yard drive from Eunan O'Kane gave the Gulls a significant advantage at Plainmoor.

Buckle said: "The lads have done fantastically well again and now I hope they can extend their season a little bit longer again. We are 2-0 up and I am delighted with that and I will wake up on Sunday morning happy with that scoreline, I would have taken it before the game."

He added: "Whether it was 2-0 or 5-0 the semi-final is not over after the first leg and we know we have to go to Shrewsbury and go again. Shrewsbury are a good side and that's why they finished fourth in the league.

"The only tinge of disappointment I do have is that we did not win by more goals. We played fantastically well and - especially in the second half - dominated the game and I honestly thought we had more goals in us.

"But you take what you have got and now we must go up to Shrewsbury next Friday and be positive.

"I am already thinking about the game. It's the only game I am focusing on and we are not thinking of the final all we are thinking of is Shrewsbury away and knowing that we will have to be at our best - like we were here."

Shrewsbury wait on the fitness of skipper Ian Sharps (groin) after he was replaced in the 25th minute by Niall Canavan.

Their boss Graham Turner admitted: "There was nothing in the game until it went to 1-0 and then we should have levelled but in the second half we were poor and the second goal knocked our confidence back something terrible.

"From the scoreline we are just about still in it. It could have been far, far worse and we looked very nervy second half. At 2-0 we have still feel we have got a chance. At home the way we have done recently we are far better than we were here, I'm not sure Torquay can play very much better - because they did very well here - but we can."

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#Shrewsbury Town
#Chris Zebroski
#Niall Canavan
#Ian Sharps
#League Two
#Torquay United
#Eunan O'Kane
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