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Pierce Sweeney: "We fully deserved the three points"

Exeter City's right-back reflects on the Grecians 2-0 win over Forest Green Rovers

1 February 2018

Exeter City defender Pierce Sweeney believes the Grecians “fully deserved” the three points in last night’s 2-0 home victory over Forest Green Rovers at St James Park.

Second half goals from Jaden Stockley and Pierce Sweeney saw City home following a goalless first half. 

“The first half wasn’t great," said Pierce. "We know that, but we stuck in there and fully deserved the three points. Two chances came, and we took them. We deserved the win.”

Asked on what was said in the dressing room at half-time which led to the improved second-half performance, Pierce said: “The gaffer just said for us to go back to basics and do what we planned to do before the start of the game. 


“He reassured us that the chances would come if we stayed in our shape, played our football and they did.”

Pierce’s penalty was his sixth goal of this season, and he discussed his tally after the game.

He said: “I don’t mind stepping up. I’ve scored three penalties now and I’m getting more comfortable as they keep coming.

Hopefully, I’ll get towards 10 goals this campaign, but it doesn’t really matter who scores as long as we keep getting the three points.”

Pierce praised the defensive effort of the second half, highlighting the danger of a two-goal lead.

“The boys dug deep, and we’ve done that for the last couple of games against Coventry and even Notts County. It was a good defensive performance.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s game away at league-leaders Luton Town, Pierce commented on the importance of the Grecians away form.

He said: “We’re unbeaten at home in six games but we need to keep our away form up a little bit more. If we do that, I think we’ll be fine.

“The win against Notts County will help us. Before that, we were struggling a little bit away from home.

“The boys are confident going into Saturday. We know it is going to be tough, Luton are a top side, but so are we on our day.

“We’ll go in with full confidence and give it our best.”


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