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💬 Aaron Martin: “We dealt with what they threw at us and I think we did really well."

City defender on the draw with Colchester United

25 January 2020

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Exeter defender Aaron Martin says that Saturday afternoon’s 0-0 draw with Colchester United is very much a point gained rather than two dropped after City were held at home for the first time since before Christmas.

Speaking after the game, Aaron said: “It was a difficult game and they were a good side.”

“We dealt with what they threw at us and I think we did really well. It’s another clean sheet for us and the boys are defending really well.

"We’re getting chances but it was one of those days for us today. A little bit more luck and I think we’d have won it, especially the one at the end. Another point on the board.”

Things could have been so different for the Grecians had they taken their chances, with Ryan Bowman missing a glaring opportunity just 30 seconds after kick off, with Archie Collins being denied at the death, but Martin believes that his team have the spirit to keep improving.

It was really good chance but today just wasn’t the day that we were going to score.

“As long as we keep plugging away and keeping the clean sheets, we’ll be alright.

“It was always going to be this kind of game today. Testament to the boys for sticking at it. We all know where we want to be and we have a bit of a way to go but as long as we keep racking the points up then we’ll be okay.”

Today’s result means that Exeter City are now the only club left in the 92 in English football yet to concede a goal in 2020, and Aaron once again was full of praise for his teammates, in particular the man between the sticks.

“It’s not a bad stat to have," he said. "The boys are all at it and everyone has been defending really well.

“Jonny [Maxted] has been brilliant and all the boys have stuck together to make sure we keep that clean sheet.

“As long as we do our job at the back then it’s up to the other lads to win us the game.”

There is now a huge week ahead for the club, with Tuesday seeing the Grecians head to Port Vale before a massive clash with Swindon Town next weekend. The team firmly have a ‘one game at a time’ mentality ahead of this week, according to Aaron.

“They are all big games now, coming towards the end of the season.

“I know there are quite a few games left but every game is just as important as the next, so as long as we take it game by game we can keep pushing forward.”

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