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Exeter City Preview - A look ahead to our meeting with The Grecians

14 February 2022

Match Previews

Exeter City Preview - A look ahead to our meeting with The Grecians

14 February 2022

After a short trip across the Pennines on Saturday, Town face the longest journey of the season this midweek as they head to Devon to face red-hot Exeter City.

Although there was a frustration at conceding a late equaliser in the 3-3 draw at Rochdale the result saw Simon Weaver's side end a four-game losing streak away from home.

Our opponents

The Grecians come into the game as the form team in the division, taking 16 points from a possible 18 and conceding just a solitary goal in the process.

The run in recent weeks has catapulted them up the table to fourth spot on 50 points, with games in hand on both Northampton and Tranmere ahead who occupy the automatic promotion spots behind Forest Green.

Previous meetings

The two sides played out a 1-1 draw earlier in the season at The Envirovent Stadium.

Jack Muldoon put Town ahead from the spot after Harry Kite had been red carded. However, Josh Kay levelled matters with 10 minutes remaining to end Town's 100% start to the season.



Last season at St James's Park goals from Muldoon and Brendan Kiernan ensured Town took all three points thanks to a 2-1 victory. The return fixture saw the two sides play out a goalless draw.

Ones to watch

Dangerous forward Matt Jay is once again leading the way in the scoring charts, having reached double figures so far this season. Both Timothee Dieng and Sam Nombe are hot on his heels having netted seven times apiece.

Jevani Brown is the assist king this campaign, having tallied on eight of the Grecians goals.

The club added Offrande Zanzala and Kieran Phillips on loan deals in the January window, although they did lose Joel Randall to Championship side Peterborough.

The man in charge

Matt 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.

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, making the playoffs on a number of occasions including the 2019/20 season where they were defeated by Northampton in the final.

Team news

Town will once again be without defensive duo Rory McArdle and Lewis Richards as well as midfielder Simon Power. Both Ryan Fallowfield and Calum Kavanagh will be subject to a late check after missing the weekend trip to Rochdale.
 

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