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💬 Lewis Ward: "It is a football cliché saying that the next game is the most important but that is how we are looking at it."

City goalkeeper looks ahead to tomorrow night's tie with Oldham Athletic

10 February 2020

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Exeter City goalkeeper Lewis Ward says he and the players always feel confident stepping out onto the pitch at St James Park.

The Grecians have lost just one Sky Bet League Two game this season and, on the back of away defeats to Port Vale and Swindon Town, City returned to winning ways on their own patch on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over Stevenage.

Speaking about the club’s home form, Lewis said: “I think because our form has been so strong and we have been solid and play good football there, we know it is our turf.

“After the back-to-back defeats to have two home games so close to each other is really important. We are a really strong at home and the crowd play a massive part for us. So, to be able to have back-to-back wins at home would be great. It would push us on going away to Macclesfield on Saturday.”

Lewis has played the last two matches after his teammate Jonny Maxted got injured in the warm-up away at Swindon. Lewis, who started the first 12 games of the season, before getting injured himself, says he is delighted to be back between the sticks.

“It was unexpected, but when I was injured and Jonny (Maxted) stepped in and it has just come around and it is my turn to fill his place now,” said Lewis. “It has not been easy, because we have been on a really good run but, hopefully, I am up to that challenge.”

That challenge is trying to grab an automatic promotion spot after 46 games. City currently sit third, but Lewis added they are not focusing on where they sit or how many wins they might need, they are just concentrating on the next game.

“It is a football cliché saying that the next game is the most important but that is how we are looking at it,” he said. “For us the most important game, is the next game. However, the games like Stevenage, Oldham and Macclesfield and are the games we need to be picking three points from if we want to get promoted out of this league.”

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