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💬 Pierce Sweeney: “You want to impress against the higher league clubs”

Pierce Sweeney gives his thoughts ahead of City's clash with Ipswich Town in the Carabao Cup

13 August 2018

Exeter City defender Pierce Sweeney is relishing the chance to impress when the Grecians take on Ipswich Town on Tuesday night at St James Park in the Carabao Cup.

In the first round of the competition, City have been drawn against Paul Hurst’s side who make the trip to Devon following a draw with Blackburn Rovers and a weekend defeat to Rotherham United.

And with an opportunity to impress as well as progress onto the next stage of the competition, Pierce says he is looking forward to the match.

He said: “They are a Championship side so it’s going to be tough. They’ve signed a few players that have been in League One and Two before. They’ve got a new manager, they haven’t had the best of starts in the league but that doesn’t matter because they are a decent side.

“As a young lad you want to play and impress against the higher league clubs whenever you get a chance so it’s always good to play against Championship sides. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Pierce also believes there is no reason why the Grecians cannot put together a string of positive results in the cup competitions this season to land themselves into an eye-catching draw further in tournament.

He continued: “Exeter have had good cup runs in the past, so I think there’s no reason why we wouldn’t want to go far in the competition and get a decent draw. The prize money is also decent, so why not?”

Following the long trip to Morecambe at the weekend where City picked up a 2-0 win over the Shrimps, with this game coming quickly manager Matt Taylor could well shuffle the pack as he looks to give game time to players who may not have been heavily involved in the wins over Morecambe and Carlisle United previously.

“We’ve got a good squad here, I think,” said Pierce. “Matt has brought in some decent players and we already have decent players here as well, so that’s down to the manager if he wants to change things. But if the boys from Saturday and last week are selected to play then they will be more than happy to play as well. It’s another game of football and we’re looking forward to it.”

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