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"If we don’t win our games then it is pointless looking at what they (Wycombe) are doing"

Matt Oakley says focus will be 100 per cent on beating Crawley Town

19 April 2018

Exeter City’s assistant manager Matt Oakley says their focus will be 100 per cent on their match with Crawley Town on Saturday and they will not be worrying at all what Wycombe Wanderers do.

The Grecians go into their match two points behind third-placed Wycombe – who are in the final automatic promotion spot with three games of the season remaining.

Wycombe face league leaders Accrington Stanley on Saturday and City would move up to third if they win and the Chairboys lose.

“We will focus on ourselves,” said Matt when asked if he would be keeping an eye on what Gareth Ainsworth’s side were doing.


“Wycombe have done very well this year to get themselves into that position and if we don’t win our games then it is pointless looking at what they are doing.

“We have got Crawley, Stevenage and then Colchester last game of the season. We have got to aim to win those three games.”

Crawley Town, who play an attractive brand of football, will be no pushover at St James Park either and Matt added that it is a trap to think that playing mid-table sides – with no promotion or relegation battles to fight – are easier games at this time of year.

“I think it is old clichés really,” he said. “Every game has got its challenges and the teams that we are going to come up against we have got to stay professional, do the right things, try and get the right performance and the result will follow that.

“We have got to try not to get carried away with looking at other teams and what is going on elsewhere. We have got 90 plus minutes to do our job and if we can do that then hopefully we can have a chance."

Speaking about Crawley in particular, Matt added: “They got off to a bit of a dodgy start but then Harry (Kewell) got them sorted and they went on a really good winning spell.

“They played us and really beat us at their place. We were poor that day and we have got to play a lot better than we did that day to get a result.”

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