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💬 Matt Taylor: "It was a hard-earned point and I am proud of the players to

City's manager reacts to a 1-1 draw with Swindon Town

17 August 2019

Manager Matt Taylor admitted it was a hard-earned point for Exeter City as they drew 1-1 with Swindon Town.

The Grecians had led through Matt Jay’s 72nd-minute strike, but were dealt a blow three minutes from time as Eion Doyle converted a cross from the left to level the scores.

“It was disappointing to concede late on but I have got to be honest it was a hard-earned point today and I was proud of the players today,” said Matt.

“Overall I think it was a point gained. We rode our luck in terms of chances created by Swindon and we knew they would create chances because they are a good attacking team.

“Second half we toughened ourselves up a little bit and we were a lot better in certain moments and restricted their counter-attacking prowess, which was evident in the first half.

“I felt it was two really good teams, going at it. It was a great atmosphere. It was great to see the Park like that. Our home fans, who I thought were outstanding today, especially at 0-0. They were getting behind the boys and giving them a lift.”

City were also given a lift by the introduction of Lee Martin, who has made three substitute appearances this season and impressed in all those games, but especially today when his shot was diverted into the goal by Jay.

“Lee is a player and he is having to be patient at the moment, but he is going to play,” said Matt. “He gives us a lift and he gives the crowd a lift. His energy is second to none and he creates.

“I still want more end product, but I think it was his shot that MJ side-footed into the goal. Lee has got a big role to play this season and I need him to keep believing that because he was excellent again when he came on and Tuesday is another game.

“I have got to pick a team on Tuesday to try and beat Oldham and, like I have done in the first three games, I am always going to pick a team which I think has got a chance of winning the game and to make changes in the game that I think will strengthen us.”

Jake Taylor is also a doubt for the next game as he was substituted early in the second half with a dead leg.

“He got in the first half and he is an honest player and he tried in the second half but it got to the point where it was affecting his movement,” said Matt. “It was not a pain thing, it was a movement thing and Jake and the bench felt he couldn’t continue.

“So Matt Jay came on and took his chance really well. He gave us a bit of energy in there, but I will have to asses it (Jake’s injury) Monday/Tuesday, with Tom’s (Tom Parkes) suspension and Randell (Williams) looking like he might be a bit of a doubt, but we will see.

“There is a reason we have got a squad and a reason why MJ is ready to come on and affected the game and Jack Sparkes and Ben Seymour waiting in the wings and part of the Coventry game last Tuesday will hopefully benefit us this Tuesday.”

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