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Lee Holmes: Fans can make a massive difference

6 October 2016

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Lee Holmes: Fans can make a massive difference

6 October 2016

Winger says players will be giving 110 per cent for victory on Saturday

Winger Lee Holmes says the Exeter City players will be giving 110 per cent against Grimsby Town on Saturday and has called on the St James Park faithful to help them get a much-needed three points.

The Grecians have yet to win at home in the league this season and Lee says putting an end to that run in extra motivation for the City players.

“I think there is a desire every game, but when results keep going the way they have been you need to put a stop to it and we need to put a stop to it pretty sharpish,” said Lee. “That starts with Saturday. There is only one thing that is on our mind at the minute and that is coming into training, doing as well as we can and preparing as correctly as we possibly can and make sure on Saturday that we are all-guns-blazing.”

Lee says he understands supporters’ frustrations at recent results but is pleased that the majority of them are sticking by the team as they look to navigate through a difficult period of the season when they have two first-choice centre-backs out injured.

“The fans are massive and they have been really, really good in my time here,” said Lee. “You can obviously see their frustration from what has happened recently at home, but I don’t think they understand what an effect they can have – positive or negative. 

“If as a team, as a squad and as a club we are all pulling in the same direction that can only be a positive. When the fans are like they were when we played Liverpool they make a massive, massive difference. 

“It is such a positive thing to be hearing that kind of support and likewise you never know what kind of negative it can have when things are the opposite. We, obviously, need to be in a position where we are making them cheer and get behind us. On Saturday, hopefully, that can happen. We will obviously be going out there giving 110 per cent and doing everything in our power to get three points.”

Lee has a good relationship with the City supporters and last season he was captured on video doing the hokey-cokey with a group of fans at Yeovil Junction train station after the Grecians 2-0 win at Huish Park.

“The fans were obviously in jubilant mood as we had won the game and there were a few that had been on the sauce,” recalled Lee. “They told me that they do it at every station they go to and I was just happy to get involved. 

“It went from there and then the next think I knew it was on social media and flying around everywhere. It was great and it is an example of that relationship I have with the supporters. It is really nice to have that.”

For a full interview with Lee on his time at Exeter City, his relationship with the fans and the Grecians current home form pick up a copy of the matchday programme on Saturday.

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