Defender wary of Pools' after their 4-0 thrashing of Crewe Alexandra
Exeter defender Troy Brown believes there is no easy game in League Two ahead of clash with division strugglers Hartlepool.
While goals from Ollie Watkins and Jordan Moore-Taylor helped Exeter beat Crawley Town on Tuesday, at the other end of the country Hartlepool put four past fellow strugglers Crewe Alexandra in a division that clearly offers no certainties.
Exeter put themselves through another nervy injury time at Broadfield Stadium on Tuesday when they conceded late on. However, unlike against Notts County last month, the one goal cushion was enough and they managed to see the game through and pick up all three points for another win on the road.
“He had a good win on Tuesday, another good away performance to build on our away record,” said Troy. “We are unbeaten in four so hopefully we can carry that on on Saturday with a long trip up to Hartlepool.
“It was a little bit closer than we would have liked in the last few minutes, against Crawley but psychologically it was good to come out with the three points. Hopefully in the games to come it won’t be so tight and we can go on and win games more comfortably.
“Given Hartlepool’s result the other day, I think their league position gives a false representation of the team that they are. Hopefully they’re not on the money on the day and we can go there and win.”
City have looked towards Ollie Watkins and David Wheeler for most of their goals this season but have recently spread the goal-scoring load. Troy and his defensive partner
Jordan Moore-Taylor have got three between them since the turn of the year.
When asked whether this is because of a tactical change, Troy responded: “No, I think it’s just off the back of a good delivery into the box. For example, Tuesday’s game, keeping it alive and Jordan [Moore-Taylor] got on the end of it.
“I definitely should have more goals myself,” added Troy. “I’m a bit disappointed with that but hopefully I can chip in with a few towards the end of the season.
“I think if you can spread the load it makes it easier on players and there’s not burdens on players’ shoulders to score as many goals as everyone would like them to.”
Exeter’s win over Crawley was their 11th on the road this season, the most in the division and second in the whole of the Football League behind Newcastle on 12.
“We know it’s good but we don’t look if we are top of the away form.” Troy said. “We just go out and set out to win every game that we play from the start of the season until now but especially from here on in until the end of the season. We go there with a game plan and hopefully we can execute it and win.”