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Jake Taylor: We must make St James Park a hard place to visit in the run-in

23 February 2017

Midfielder hoping to get back into the starting XI for Blackpool match

Jake Taylor expressed the importance of making St James Park a hard place to visit on the run into the end of the season.

Having missed the draw against Stevenage last weekend, Jake is keen to get his boots back on and help the Grecians to another win at St James Park when they welcome pre-season promotion favourites, Blackpool this Saturday. 

“If selected I will be looking forward to getting back out there,” Jake said. 

“Watching the game the other day, it’s horrible not being out there trying to help the boys. I think it was a good point but we have another home game coming up and we’re looking to continue to put some points on the board.”

Jake was sent off in the dramatic 2-2 draw with Notts County earlier this month after receiving two yellow cards in 10 minutes. 

“I think the first yellow was probably fair,” said Jake. “They were going through on goal so I thought it was a good foul at the time. Looking back at the second booking, I probably shouldn’t have gone to ground when I was on a yellow so it was probably a bit of a silly decision from me but it’s one I will learn from and hopefully not do again.”

Jake had a rather unusual punishment for his dismissal at Meadow Lane.
“Tis came up to me and said instead of getting fined, I will help the ladies in the kitchen do the dishes after training so that was my punishment,” said Jake. “It was fair enough and it was something I did and quite enjoyed it to be fair but I won’t be getting sent off anytime soon to do it again.

“I got a bit of stick off the boys, I think a few of them were filming it on their phones, but it’s all part and parcel of the club and I was happy to take my punishment.”

Exeter are now seven games unbeaten at home, a complete contrast to earlier in the season. 

“Since the turn of the year our form at home has been good,” Jake said. 

“We’ve played well at home all season really and the results have started to come off recently, so long may that continue. 

“It’s important we make St James Park a hard place to come, and keep picking up points at home and keep nicking points away from home as well.
City last faced Blackpool in the first game of the season back in August where they were beaten 2-0. Asked if that had any relevance to Saturday’s match, Jake said: 

“The first game of the season is always a difficult one, not knowing what sort of team you’re up against.

“Obviously they’ll be a very good team and we’ll look at what we did against them at the beginning of the year. They’ll have similar players playing but it’s important to concentrate on ourselves and keep working on what we’ve been working on and hopefully get the three points.”

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