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Gilly: “That was for the fans”

22 March 2014

Midfielder looks back at victory over the Cod Army

Exeter City’s Matt Gill was pleased to be a part of the first win at St James Park since his return to the club, as the home faithful finally got the result – and a performance – that their loyalty has merited as they saw off Fleetwood Town by a 3-0 margin.

The midfielder – who makes no secret of his love for the Grecians – was glad that the team could produce a brilliant display from start to finish, which was applauded heartily at the final whistle.

Gill admitted the result was for those supporters that have had to bide their time since the last home win in October against Plymouth Argyle – who will be the Grecians’ opponents on Tuesday night at Home Park.

“I know there hasn’t been a lot to cheer about at St James Park, but 99 per cent have stuck with us which has been brilliant,” Gilly told Kirky of Kellow’s Bootlaces.

“That was for the fans today as much as anyone.  We’re all in this together – it’s a family club and that’s what I love about it so much.  We’re all in it together and we all need to stick together and keep believing in one another.”

City operated at a breathless tempo and fully merited the three points and the comfortable winning margin for such a strong display for the entirety of the game.

And while Gilly felt that there was a sense of relief to finally end that winless run at the Park, he felt that the game was nice to get the spoils that their performance demanded, which hasn’t always been the case. 

Matt continued: “It was desperately needed – the pressure has been building from outside the dressing room more than in it.  The lads know we have done well in spells at home.

“It was disappointing to concede last week [against Newport] and we perhaps should have left there with three points as well.  We went there and battled away on a tough pitch and got a good away win.

“And now we’ve come home and got a good home win, which was fully deserved today.  The lads are really chuffed – I wouldn’t say they’re overjoyed, as there’s a slight sense of relief I suppose because the pressure has been building.

“I’m really chuffed that we got what we deserved today.  Training has been really good over the last couple of weeks and the lads know we’re going into the final stretch of the season and that we’ve got to hold our nerve.”




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