Robinson gunning for Shrews

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Torquay United striker Jake Robinson claims he is 100% committed to beating Shrewsbury Town in the League Two play-off semi-final despite his split allegiances.

Robinson is on-loan from Shrewsbury and struck twice against his parent club in March's meeting between the two to rubber-stamp his commitment to the Gulls.

And the 24-year-old says he's gunning for his parent club in the play-offs.

"My loyalties are with Torquay at the moment, I'm 100% committed to winning the game with them," he told GiveMeFootball.

"I think having played against Shrewsbury once already will help settle my nerves and now the magnitude of the game has changed this time because its 10 times more important.

"Once I've crossed that line though all of that will go out of the window and it will just be another game for me."

The forward scored twice for Torquay in their recent meeting in the league, when The Gulls thrashed their play-offs rivals at Plainmoor, but Robinson doesn't believe the result that afternoon will be significant.

"I think its a bit of a clean slate scenario, we'll be going into it with confidence from that game, knowing how well we have done against them in that game but they'll also come into it knowing that they owe us one and they'll be looking for revenge.


"But I think that when you come into the play-offs you come in almost having forgotten the last few results and it becomes almost like a cup competition."

However, the former Brighton man doesn't think Torquay's recent run, which has seen them win one of their last six, is important going into what he calls a cup scenario.

"We had a very hard run-in to the season. We played Wycombe, Port Vale and Chesterfield so there's no easy run-in.

"I think going to Rotherham on the last, we knew it was going to be tough. The playoffs completely change everything and we'll go into it not thinking of last weekend, and we'll obviously try to upset the form-book slightly.

With the Champions League final taking place at Wembley on May 28th, only the Championship play-off final will take place at the home of football this season. League 1 and League 2 finals have been moved to Old Trafford, a destination steeped in irony after Torquay fans missed out on an FA Cup tie against Manchester United after being defeated by Crawley Town.

"I guess there's some irony in that that they may end up there anyway this season," Robinson said.

"After the disappointment with the Crawley game, perhaps they may feel that they deserve the trip there anyway."


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