Exeter City captain Jordan Moore-Taylor says the first team squad are relishing the opportunity to book their place in the Sky Bet League Two play-off final.
The central defender, who made his return from injury on the last game of the regular season against Colchester United, says the chance to participate in meaningful matches is what the game is all about.
He said: “It’s a big game that everyone wants to be involved in. Hopefully we can get the result that we want and there will be a bigger one at the end of it.
“Everyone wants to be involved, it’s the reason you want to play football. You have to enjoy these opportunities.”
Jordan also praised manager Paul Tisdale as well as the club’s medical team for supporting his recovery from a knee injury he sustained at St James Park against Carlisle United in the 1-1 draw in March.
“After the match I thought my season was over.” Jordan said: “But it’s credit to the medical staff and to Tis for getting me the treatment I needed to get me back out there.”
The City defender was partnered by youngster Jordan Storey at the heart of the Grecians’ backline as they shut out the physical presence of the Lincoln attack at Sincil Bank, and Jordan believes they will once again have to rise to the challenge of Danny Cowley’s side.
He continued: “They’re a physical side and we have to stand up to that. Previous years we used to get run over but over the past couple of seasons we’ve managed to stand up and give as good as we get.”
With St James Park expected to be a sell out on Thursday evening as the two sides play out the second leg to book a spot at Wembley for the final, Jordan says the City fans will be important if the Grecians hope to come through the tough test.
He said: The supporters are massive, especially with one of the stands down. We need them as much as we have before. In the big games they often come to life even more so than in the league games.”