Exeter City manager Matt Taylor feels his side have gained a bit of confidence from the clean sheet they kept on Tuesday night at home to Stevenage heading into this weekend’s match with Yeovil Town.
Despite defending well in the majority of their matches, prior to the Stevenage game, City hadn’t managed a shutout in League Two since a 2-0 win over Cambridge United on August 21.
However, they defended superbly well on Tuesday night to limit Stevenage to very few chances and Matt Taylor is calling for more of the same this weekend.
“It was a proper performance and the clean sheet was important,” said Matt. “It just gives us a bit of confidence going into the weekend. Yeovil are a good team. I don’t think we have beaten them for a number of years now. It is a local derby and they will be right into us. It will hopefully be a good pitch and a fast game.
“We are going to have to be tough. We are going to have to defend our box and get bodies in the right place to deal with their threat. However, with have got a threat about us at the minute. We were disappointed to have only scored one goal on Tuesday night, because we thought we could have got a few more goals out of the performance. So, it will be a good game of football. On Tuesday night I said it was two good teams going at each other and I am sure it will be the same on Saturday.”
However, Yeovil Town go into the match on the back of three defeats and one draw from their last four games. Injuries have played their part though and having thrashed promotion rivals Newport County 6-0 away earlier this season, Matt admits the Glovers are a dangerous team.
“They started off really well,” said Matt. “I think they have struggled the last couple of weeks with a couple of injuries and we don’t know if they are going to come back into the fold for this weekend.
“However, they are a dangerous team. They really are, you will have seen the result at Newport County where they scored six against a team that is going for promotion. They have got goals in them. They have got dynamic players and they are great on the counter-attack.
“They have got some good players. So it is always a test when we go to Yeovil. The last few years have been frustrating in terms of the results that we have picked up against them.
“Hopefully, it will be a full house. I’m sure their home fans will get behind them and fill their end and we always do the same when we travel to Yeovil. It is our closest one and our away fans do enough miles during the course of a season. It is a big game for us and we are looking forward to it.”
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