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Manager looks to build on home victory last time out

22 October 2019

Manager Paul Hurst believes Exeter City will be eager to prove themselves against the Iron in the Sky Bet League Two tomorrow evening after a shock 4-0 defeat at the weekend.

He told iFollow Iron: "We’ve had a run of games against teams that are doing well. Especially after their defeat on Saturday, they’ll be motivated more to try and get back to winning ways.

"They play at a good tempo and that’s why they’ve had success; they’re a very bright team. I’ve been impressed with everything I’ve seen. They’ll be keen to bounce back and show it was a one-off."

The Grecians slipped to fourth place after a drubbing at the hands of Cambridge United but Hurst thought Matt Taylor’s side were unlucky in the game and the score-line didn’t tell the whole story.

"It was out of character," he said. "I watched the game back against Cambridge and there’s no doubt Exeter were doing everything they could to get back in it and left themselves exposed and Cambridge took advantage of that. It’s slightly skewed."

The Iron have picked up at the Sands Venue Stadium and Hurst praised the home form, admitting he is looking forward to a game under the lights.

"At home, we’ve done well. Last time, out we had a good victory and we look to build on that."

He added: "We want to get another victory in front of our own fans. Tuesday nights seem to add that extra bit to the games; last time out, we had an excellent game against Oldham."

He expects to make changes for the mid-week clash, with options in the middle of the park now that Matthew Lund has served his suspension and Regan Slater’s cameo at Newport giving him food for thought.

"Some players may find themselves not in the team and feel hard done by but I’ve already pre-empted that – it’s a squad game.

"I had to take Levi [Sutton] off at the weekend because I was worried about him getting sent off. Matthew Lund had been doing well before that and chucking Regan [Slater] into that as well when he came on for Levi."


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