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Pierce Sweeney: Home clean sheets are a massive positive

City defenders gives his thoughts on start to the season at St James Park

19 August 2017

Exeter City defender Pierce Sweeney says it is a huge positive to have started the League Two season at St James Park with back-to-back home wins.

The Grecians beat Cambridge United 1-0 at home on the opening day of the season and then won by the same scoreline on Saturday as Pierce and the rest of the City defence kept Lincoln City at bay.

“We were aware of our home form last season," said Pierce. "We knew as the home fans did, and it is major for us to get 1-0 wins on the first game of the season and today.

“To get the clean sheets for us defenders it is like scoring a goal. We have only conceded one goal during the three league matches and that is a huge positive to take and it has shown from our performances that the boys are putting their bodies on the line. We are kicking-on now.”  

City beat newly-promoted Lincoln with a first-half goal from Reuben Reid. However, Pierce admitted it also needed a strong defensive display from the hold side to get the three points secured.  

“It was a tough game,” he said. “We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Lincoln had a great season last year and we are new to the league this season. We knew what threats they had and that is kind of why we lined up how we did. We knew what they were going to bring and I thought we dealt with it quite well.

“It wasn’t a game with many chances. It was a tough battle and Reuben has taken his goal very well and we have seen the game out, but it was a tough game and Lincoln are a big strong side so we will take the positives out of it.”

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