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💬 James Hamon: "It’s important to get points on the board"

James Hamon gives his thoughts on City's first match in the Checkatrade Trophy

3 September 2018

Exeter City goalkeeper James Hamon says the Grecians are looking to get back to winning ways when they travel to Yeovil Town in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night.

The Grecians kick off their first group match at Huish Park before they welcome West Ham United’s under-21s and Bristol Rovers to St James Park in the remaining matches.

Despite the match not being in Sky Bet League Two, James believes a win against the Glovers will give City the boost they need as they look to move on from three successive defeats against MK Dons, Fulham and Lincoln City.

“It’s an opportunity, said James. “It’s a first team game at the end of the day and we’ve not had a win in three matches so it’s important that we try and turn that around and the next game to do that is against Yeovil.

“It will be treated like an important first team game and we want to stop the losses and turn things around with a win.”


The match could see some changes from last weekend’s match and may provide an opportunity for players to impress manager Matt Taylor if they are selected for the match.

James continued: “I think there is going to be a freshness about us and it’s a game that we need to win coming off the back of three losses so it’s something that we want to turn around. Our record away Yeovil recently hasn’t been great, so why not turn things around there.

“It’s our only away game and I think it’s important to get points on the board. If we do that then we’ve got some exciting games at St James Park ahead.”

The goalkeeper also recently featured in the Under-23 Premier League Cup qualifying match against Bristol Rovers as the Grecians ran out 1-0 winners through Ben Seymour’s goal.

And James says that he and the squad are keen to build on that performance and go on to give a good account of themselves against some top-quality academy sides.

“It’s a competition that we have done well in recently and it’s something we will look forward to doing well in again,” said James. “There are some big clubs in Leicester City, Norwich City and Nottingham Forest so it’s going to be a good test for us which is important.

“Leicester won the Premier League a few years ago so they’re going to have a great setup with a great academy. Nottingham Forest have been known to bring through great players over the years as well, so like I say, it’s going to be a good test for us and it will be nice to see where we are as a club with our development.”


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