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Preview - A look at Exeter City

14 January 2021

Match Previews

Preview - A look at Exeter City

14 January 2021



After a number of frustrating postponements and abandonments over the past couple of weeks we will be hoping to finally welcome Exeter City to the EnviroVent Stadium on Tuesday evening.


Recent Form

The two teams met only a month ago, with Jack Muldoon's 75th minute winner earning Town a 2-1 win. Since then Exeter have had just two league fixtures with both ending in a 1-1 draw, including this midweek at home to Bolton.



The run has seen them slip to tenth in the table, although they do have games in hand on the teams most immediately above them.

The Grecians away form has been solid this season with their last outing – a 5-3 defeat to Cheltenham back in early December – their only defeat of the campaign, although they are somewhat the draw specialists having shared the spoils in six of their nine games away from St James Park.

The Man in Charge

Matty Taylor is the current man at the helm at St James' Park, having taken over from long-time boss Paul Tisdale in 2018 for his first managerial position.

Taylor was a former Exeter player, making 160 appearances between 2007 and 2011, as well as turning out for Charlton and Cheltenham.
 
Ones to Watch

Whilst the visitors are yet to add to their squad in the January window their existing squad poses plenty of threat.

Town's defence they will have their work cut out handling an Exeter attack that is averaging over two goals per game this season, including 18 on their travels.

Ryan Bowman and Matt Jay lead the way with nine goals apiece, with midfielders Jake Taylor and Joel Randall also netting six times, with Randall adding four assists to his tally.

History

Throughout their history the club have always competed in the lower tiers of English football, winning a Fourth Division title in 1990 under Terry Cooper.

More recently, after suffering from financial problems, the club were relegated to the Conference in 2003, where they spent five seasons before a playoff final win over Cambridge United saw the restore their status as a Football League club.

They then made it two promotions on the bounce when a second placed finish took them into League One.

After a brief spell in League One, the club were relegated back to League Two in 2012 where they have remained since. Nonetheless, they've made the playoffs on a number of occasions including last season where they were defeated by Northampton in the final.

Team News

We will be able to call upon the services of Ryan Fallowfield, Brendan Kiernan and Aaron Martin, who have now completed their self-isolation, though Dan Jones, Joe Cracknell and Will Smith remain on the sidelines through injury.

Lloyd Kerry will serve the first fixture of his suspension following his red card last in the defeat at Cambridge last week.

After last week's transfer activity though Simon Weaver has plenty of options at his disposal with only Mitchell Roberts a doubt after an injury sustained at Abbey Stadium.
 
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