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Tis: "We will be confident going into the game and we've got nothing to lose"

City manager Paul Tisdale looks ahead to Saturday's game against Luton Town

1 February 2018

Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale says his side have nothing to fear against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on Saturday.

The Grecians won 2-0 on Wednesday night against Forest Green Rovers at St James Park, to stretch their unbeaten run at home to six games. It was a tricky match though, and Tis highlighted the importance of seeing out that game before looking to take any players off before this weekend’s fixture.

“You have a dilemma,' said Tis. “Two-nil is not a totally comfortable lead and we had two or three players in that second half who were under some physical stress.

“You’re thinking about Saturday but what you have to do is get through the current game and win that first. We resisted the temptation to take one or two players off who usually would have been taken off in other circumstances.

"However, it’s about the current game first, get this game sorted and then onto the next one.”

Tis noted the shorter recovery time due to the last night’s fixture against Forest Green Rovers.

He said: “We have only got a few days before the Luton game. The players are straight in now to the Cryotherapy unit - Ryan Brunt's business - and that is a real plus for us this evening. It was a mandatory request from me and that’s all part of recovering as quick as we can before Saturday’s game.

“The truth is that it’s one less day to prepare for Saturday. We would rather not have had one less day, but it is what it is.

“We’ll make assessments between now and Friday lunchtime as to who is fit and ready before we make a decision of who will play on Saturday.”

Asked on what to expect from Saturday’s fixture against Luton at Kenilworth Road, Tis said: “They’re top of the table and have been for a while. They have been playing well and must be favourites for the league at the moment, but there is a long way to go.

“We will be confident going into the game and we’ve got nothing to lose really. The Forest Green game was a really important victory for us and Saturday’s game is a bonus.”


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