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Lee Holmes: Focus has to be on games left not the table

27 April 2017

Winger targeting three points at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday

Lee Holmes says Exeter City should focus on the games left to play and not the table as the Grecians head into the final two matches of the season.

City travel to Doncaster Rovers on Saturday knowing that a win would give their play-off ambitions a significant boost, but with only five points difference between Exeter in fifth and Colchester in 12th, a lot could change in the race for the top seven come 5pm on Saturday.

“The manager said to us the other day not to pay too much attention to it (the table),” said Lee. “Instead, we just concentrate on the next game and I think if we do that, everything then takes care of itself.”

Doncaster have sat on top of the league for most of the season and were the first side to confirm automatic promotion. 

However, their form has faltered in recent weeks, losing two and drawing one of their last three games. Despite this, Lee says City will have to be on top of their game to come away with something from the Keepmoat Stadium.

“You can take positives from all types of angles, but the fact of the matter is they have got quite a bit to play for and likewise so have we,” said Lee. 

“There are no easy games in this league and that’s why we’ve seen it’s been pretty much tight from third, fourth down to sort of 15th, 16th. It just shows how competitive the league is, in terms of everyone beating each other. 

“So you don’t look at it that it’s a good or bad time to be playing them, we’ve just got to turn up and make sure we play the way we know we can and make sure we are competitive and do the job.”

If results go their way, Doncaster could win the title on Saturday so a big crowd is expected. 

That will be aided by Exeter fans travelling up to South Yorkshire in large numbers as it is the last away game of the season for the Grecians. This will make for a cracking atmosphere, something which Lee is relishing to be a part of.

“As players, these are the games you want to be involved in,” he said. “There are big things on the line and that makes for a great game. As I say, as a player and as a professional you want to be successful and both sides have chances to do that.”

Having come off the bench in the last two games, Lee is desperate to start and make his mark on the pitch, having not started since Boxing Day. 

“The last week to 10 days been the best I felt, out on the training pitch,” he said. “Getting a few minutes on Saturday and last week, is good for me. So I now feel pain-free, I trained again today which is another positive. So the more I get out of the training pitch the more I get minutes on the pitch only strengthens my fitness and what I’m able to do on the pitch.”

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