Exeter City defender Tom Parkes says the Grecians will be making the trip to Newport County with confidence having put together a positive run of form of late.
City currently sit first in the table after nine games and having picked up an impressive 2-0 win over Port Vale last time out, Tom believes he and the squad can approach the match positively despite coming up against a tough opponent.
The 27-year-old said: “There’s no reason not to be confident, we’re on a good run and we want to keep it going. Going to Newport we know it’s going to be tough and we know what they’re about, but we just have to do what we’ve been doing. We need to keep getting into good areas to create chances for us to go on and win the game.
“I think as a squad we were disappointed with the result last Saturday against Leyton Orient. We felt that we should have won it, but we got something out of it and then to bounce back and win on Tuesday against Port Vale was a positive. We can look at the positives from both games to take into Saturday, hopefully we can do the job and get another three points.”
On overcoming Michael Flynn’s side, who have lost just once in the league this season, Tom admitted that it will be a difficult test, and City will have to be on their game if they are to keep up their positive run.
“Newport is a hard place to go,” said Tom. “They’ve been on a good run, but we need to go into it with confidence and believe that we can do a job there. We have to make sure that we’re set up right and not give anything silly away. We’ve got to be on it and hopefully we can take away the three points.”
Tom also believes that the Grecians have good strength in depth in the side at the moment with players battling for places, and the defender says that no matter who is called upon, they are capable of making an impact on the team.
He continued: “Experience is a massive thing when you’re playing. The likes of Dean Moxey, Nicky Law and Jake Taylor. I think in this squad we’ve got the belief that, even if it’s the young lads or whoever comes in or off the bench, that they can do something and change the game if they have to.”
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