Team News From The Exeter Camp
Updated Friday, 27th April 2012
"I don't see the players having any fear, go and play at Carlisle - pass the ball and attack and see where that takes us"
“We've got to keep going, haven't we? They've got to go and play on Saturday and try to win the game and not worry about what could happen. It is easy to say sat where I'm sat but they've just got to play the game and enjoy it, Paul Tisdale doesn't put them under any pressure. This club is a good place to play football with a manager who wants you to play football. So I don't see the players having any fear, go and play at Carlisle - pass the ball and attack and see where that takes us."
"It was a great second half against Walsall after an interesting talk at half-time. They were suffering first half and thinking about things too much I think. We cleared their heads a little bit and they did well second half, it was good. I said to the players at half-time on Saturday that I'd watched them train on Thursday and I thought they were fantastic with the tempo and the ability they all showed but they didn't show that in the first half. We know what the players can do and it's just about getting it out of them. Alan Gow's chip was real class and he had that little bit of composure in front of goal that we maybe haven't seen."
In team news for the visitors tomorrow, they could have anywhere from one player out injured to seven sidelined, centre-half Danny Coles being the one definite City absentee after he suffered a fractured vertebrae in his spine in early March in a training ground collision with City goalkeeper Artur Krysiak. Elsewhere meanwhile Scot Bennett, Jamie Cureton, Richard Duffy, Jonathan Fortune, John O’Flynn and Jake Taylor are all questionables for the United game with them all carrying problems of varying degrees.
Duffy, Fortune and O’Flynn seemingly best placed to play a part for City in the game with Grecians boss Paul Tisdale expecting them to be fit. Centre-halves Duffy and Fortune having been struggling recently with respective groin and hamstring problems, while striker O’Flynn picked up a knock in a reserve team game against Bristol City earlier this month.
Doubts then also remain over the trio of Bennett, Cureton and Taylor ahead of tomorrow’s match, with Tisdale saying that striker Cureton and Reading-loanee midfielder Taylor ‘are suffering’ from respective Achilles and groin injuries that saw them miss Exeter’s 4-2 home win over Walsall last Saturday. Finally centre-half or holding midfielder Bennett is also currently struggling with a slight hamstring strain.
The referee for tomorrow afternoon's match is Fred Graham from Stanford-le-Hope in Essex and he will be assisted down the lines by Richard Bartlett from Sale in Cheshire and Peter Wright from Southport. Meanwhile the fourth official is Paul Curry from Morpeth.