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"Simmo is great. He got a round of applause in the dressing room afterwards"

Jordan Tillson talks about Robbie Simpson's influence after City's 2-1 win over Cheltenham Town

2 April 2018

Exeter City midfielder Jordan Tillson revealed that Robbie Simpson got a round of applause in the dressing room after the club’s 2-1 win over Cheltenham Town on Easter Monday.

Robbie was making his first start since breaking his leg in February 2017 against Blackpool and superbly met a Pierce Sweeney cross to volley home in the 42nd minute. 

That got the Grecians deservedly level in the match, after they had conceded the opening goal to Carl Winchester, and Robbie went onto put in a man-of-the-match performance before being substituted on 70 minutes for Matt Jay. 

Jordan revealed that Robbie has been an influential member of the City dressing room, even when he has been out injured, by offering support to his teammates and, on occasions, scouting the opposition for Tis. 

“Simmon is great,” said Jordan. “He got a round of applause in the changing room afterwards. He has been such a good character in the changing rooms, even when he has been injured, and he has been a big part of the team. So it is important to have him back. 

“It was a good time to score and we always felt we had a good chance of going on from there.”

Jordan Storey got the winning goal with nine minutes to go as he headed home Lloyd James’ corner. It is the sixth time this season that City have managed to recover from going behind in a match to claim victory and Jordan believes that is telling of the characters they have in the dressing room. 

“It was a much-needed win and a good confidence boost after the result at Lincoln when we played well and just didn’t come away with the points that we needed,” said Jordan.

“I think we have got a good bunch of lads in the dressing room and it shows that whenever we go behind we always react, especially at home. We have a good home record this season and we feel comfortable here so, hopefully, that can continue.”

The win moves City up to fourth in Sky Bet League Two, five points behind third-placed with a game in hand. So how does Jordan see the promotion run-in with six games left to go?

“It is going down to the wire and hopefully we can just keep winning game by game,” he said. “We will look forward to the next match, I think it is away at Cambridge and we are just looking forward to that now.” 

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