City captain confident ahead of trip to Fratton Park
Centre-back Jordan Moore-Taylor is confident Exeter City can beat anyone on their day ahead of two tough games in four days.
City have now gone nine games unbeaten in the league as they prepare to face promotion hopefuls Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Saturday followed by a home match against Wycombe Wanderers three days later.
The hosts are currently six points ahead of City in fourth position. An Exeter win could potentially move them up to sixth in the table and into the play-off places for the first time this season.
“We know when we perform we can beat any team on our day,” said Jordan.
“That’s the way we’ve looked at it whether we are bottom of the league or where we are now. We take each game as it comes and hopefully we can get the three points on Saturday.”
The Grecians continue to have the best away form in the division picking up 28 points from 14 games so far this season with five clean sheets.
“If you keep a clean sheet, at the end of the day you get a point,” Jordan said. “So that’s the way we look at it, we’re building off a solid base, keeping clean sheets.
“I think we’ve got seven in nine. The whole squad is chipping in with that and then we can catch people on the break as they look to score.”
With Exeter quickly making ground on the four or five teams above them, a play-off place ambition is starting to look more achievable than optimistic at this stage.
“The end goal is to be in the play-offs after 46 games,” said Jordan.
“Whether that’s now or whether we don’t get into the play-offs just yet and we make it by the end of the season. We get judged on being there at the end of the season, not where we are now.
“We’ve got a huge squad here. Everyone’s fighting for places, we haven’t got many injuries anymore so everyone’s raring to go. Concentrate on Saturday, see how we recover Sunday/Monday.
“If we don’t recover right we’ve got players that can come in and do the job. We’ve just got to focus on Saturday first and then deal with Tuesday when it comes.”
As a result of the 3-0 home win over Colchester, Exeter have now won their last three home games without conceding a single goal.
They have started to replicate their strong away form at St James Park.
“We’re getting the luck that we weren’t getting towards the start of the season,” said Jordan. “Once you get that monkey of your back with one home win, it flows.
“We haven’t got the pressure we were applying on ourselves, the crowd aren’t applying as much pressure as they were when we weren’t winning and the games kept coming with defeats. Nothing’s changed, we are still working hard on and off the pitch and now the results are starting to show.
“Each game is completely different whether you’re home or away. We’re stringing results together now, we’re building off a solid base and that gives us a platform to go on and win games.”