Exeter City v Leyton Orient: Match preview

Tis wary of fall after terrific result against Newport County

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale warned his players to be fully focused on Leyton Orient immediately after their impressive 4-1 win over Newport County.

The victory on New Year’s Eve, which came courtesy of a hat-trick from Ollie Watkins and a goal from David Wheeler, moved the Grecians up into the top half of the table for the first time this season. 

However, with Leyton Orient to play two days later it was no time for celebration.

“I congratulated the players but at the same time I made sure they are fully focused on what is coming next (Leyton Orient) because pride comes before a fall and I don’t want them thinking ‘that’s it, we’ve cracked it’,” said Tis.

“It was a very good performance. Liam McAlinden, Joel Grant and Connor Riley-Lowe all came into the starting XI and all played their part. Working towards Monday’s game, I have got a good bench now. That is the first time for a long time that I am looking my bench thinking there is all sorts of things I can do to add value.”

Speaking about Watkins’ hat-trick, Tis added: “It is not a complete surprise to everyone. He is in good form and he ran forward well. 

“He played a simple game and he was set up by others but he took all his goals extremely well and he is a big player for us. 

“I did say to him ‘great, well done, enjoy it, but we have got another game in two days’ time so make sure you are not getting carried away with yourself.”

City could welcome back Reuben Reid, Craig Woodman and Troy Archibald-Henville back from injury for today’s match, but Pierce Sweeney and Lee Holmes are expected to miss out.