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Opposition profile: Exeter City

13 January 2022

As we prepare to visit Exeter City this Saturday, we take a look at the season so far for the St James Park club.

The Grecians arrive into the game sitting eighth in the table, but just a point away from the play-off places.

Matt Taylor's side have won eight matches so far this season, but haven't been victorious in the league since November 20th when they defeated Carlisle United 2-1 at home. That made it five league wins in a row at that time, following up successes over Oldham Athletic, Bristol Rovers, Salford City, Mansfield Town and Crawley Town.

They've drawn ten fixtures and only lost on five occasions.


Luke McGee's goalkeeping masterclass helped League Two leaders Forest Green earn a 0-0 draw against Exeter in a tense West Country derby on Tuesday, January 4th.

It was Exeter who started the brighter, with Josh Key slamming wide from Matt Jay's deflected strike.

Forest Green were a whisker from getting their noses in front, captain Jamille Matt a boot away from touching in a Nicky Cadden cross in the 17th minute.

The Grecians responded as the impressive Jay brought a brave block out of McGee.

The move of a scratchy opening 45 minutes saw Cameron Dawson glove a near-post strike from Barnsley loanee Jack Aitchison after an audacious turn and spin from Kane Wilson.

The stalemate was almost broken by the visitors when Archie Collins' free-kick was superbly touched over by McGee with 54 minutes gone.

Exeter continued to hold sway and Timothee Dieng planted a free header wide when scoring looked easier.

McGee's reaction save with his feet prevented Dieng a certain goal with 11 minutes to go, leaving Rovers forced to settle for a point that moved them eight points clear at the top of the table.



Matt Taylor was appointed manager of Exeter City in June 2018 following the departure of long-serving boss Paul Tisdale.

Taylor made more than 150 appearances for the Grecians as a player so is a popular figure among the St James Park faithful. As a tough-tackling, physical defender, Matt helped City to back-to-back promotions from the Football Conference to League One during his first spell at the club before going on to play for Charlton Athletic and Cheltenham Town.

Matt started his playing career off at non-league Burscough as a goalkeeper and helped the Linnets to an FA Trophy win over Tamworth in the 2002/03 season.

He spent a number of years at non-league level, before getting his break at Exeter City in 2007 where he helped them to promotion in his first season at the club by making 46 appearances at the centre of defence and scoring nine goals. Matt then played 34 games the following season to help the Grecians to back-to-back promotions to League One and featured heavily for City in the third tier of English football before moving to Charlton the following summer.

Matt returned to Exeter in the autumn of 2016 as a defensive coach and then became Under-23s manager.



Their leading marksman is club captain Matt Jay, who has ten goals to his name.

He is a product of their academy and made his first team debut in the EFL Trophy against Wycombe Wanderers in 2013 at the age of 17.

The striker, known for his technical ability and quick feet, has had two successful loan spells at Hayes & Yeading and Truro City.

Matt continued his development as he netted his first league goal against Cambridge United in the 2017/18 season, and his standout season came last time out as he took home all the awards after his 20 goal haul. He was awarded a place in two separate League Two Team of the Years, as well as winning Player of the Year and Player's Player of the Year in the club's awards.

He is followed by fellow forward Sam Nombe on nine goals, and midfielder Timothee Dieng on six.


For an overview of the Exeter City squad, click here.

The appearance data for this term can be accessed here.

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