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Ian Burchnall urges his Notts County side to remain focused for the upcoming playoff clash against Torquay United


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Notts County head coach Ian Burchnall has urged his side to refocus for upcoming game against Torquay in the magpies' bid to regain their place in the English Football League.

The Magpies take a trip to Torquay on Saturday in the 2nd stage of the National League play-offs.

It follows a dramatic late 3-2 sway over Chesterfield at Meadow Lane.

Speaking to BBC Radio Nottingham, Burchnall said: "They are a very good team, they nearly won the league, but finished second - they ran it really close

"We know they've got a lot of quality. We really have to focus now, we have to bring ourselves down and refocus on the next game."

The magpies' are now one game away from another trip to the National League Playoff finals at Ashton Gate after Mark Ellis racked up a last-minute goal to provide victory over Chesterfield in a game which saw them three times score after going behind twice in the match.

The defender has scored six goals in 20 games since arriving at Meadow Lane from Tranmere Rovers in March.

"He's got a massive head." Burchnall joked before adding: "He's brave, he puts his head on everything. He doesn't mind getting his face smashed in. He's been magnificent."

Ellis was born in Devon and also made greater than 130 appearances for Torquay earlier in his profession.

"They're a former club, but there's only one thing on my mind and that's to go there and win and get us to the final," the 32-year-old said.

Burchnall believes the character revealed by his group of players since arriving as manager, 12 days after Ellis' arrival at the club has been vital.

"We have it in the group. I saw it when I first came in.

"We just needed to believe in what we were doing a little bit more, we just needed to believe in what we were doing a little bit more, We turned a corner a while back and they've not looked back since then."

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we need to stay grounded and focused, more importantly the nerves needs to be avoided because it got to us in the final last season. i think we just need to work a bit harder and tidy things up at the back.

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