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📝 Match Preview: Grimsby Town (H)

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's 1pm kick off

19 February 2021

Exeter City will be looking to continue their recent good form when they host Grimsby Town at SJP this Saturday, 1pm.

The Grecians will be buoyed by their heroics on Tuesday night when they fought to a 1-1 draw at Newport County, despite playing the whole second half with nine men due to Alex Hartridge and Ryan Bowman's red cards. 

This does of course mean both players will be unavailable for the match, but Robbie Willmott is set for a return after sitting out in midweek due to his loan deal from the Welsh side. 

Grimsby have had two week's rest since their last match, also at Newport, where they recorded a 1-0 defeat. 

MANAGER'S THOUGHTS

"As delighted as we were on Tuesday, it's all about what is next in football," Taylor said. 

"On the back of that game, this feels like a really good opportunity for us.

"They will be fighting for their lives and they do have some talent in their squad. But, we're at home and we want to take the game to them.

"They are bottom of the league for a reason but a new manager has come in and changed the way they play and that will be difficult for us.

"We want a performance on Saturday, and we want a positive result."

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PAUL HURST'S THOUGHTS

Speaking to Grimsby Town iFollow, Paul had the following to say about the clash:

We’ve got a few injuries, to be honest. I don’t want to go into detail on who they are, but it will probably become clear after the weekend.

“They might not feel they need it, but I don’t want to give Exeter any more help!

“We’ve certainly got a team and a squad to go down there, but there’s a couple of lads that won’t be travelling who people might have expected to.”

Hurst confirmed that there might be some enforced changes at St James’ Park.

He said: “That’s a slight disappointment because when you looked at the performance in general, it would have been nice to have a game sooner than we have.

“It seems a hell of a long time to me, and in some ways, the lads will have almost forgotten about that.

“We’ll try and remind them of the good bits and the fact that they’ve got to be more ruthless.

“We’ve spoken about the start of the second half and that it ultimately cost us on the day.”     

 

HOW TO WATCH

Sadly fans can't be at the match but you can get the next best thing by purchasing a match pass at the cost of just £10 in the UK. The stream includes Exeter City Club commentary score overlay and replays.

To purchase a match pass please click here.

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MATCHDAY COVERAGE

As usual, we’ll have the match covered across our social media channels and we’ll have a post-match interview with manager Matt Taylor and a player as they reflect on the result.

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GRAB A GRECIAN

The club’s award winning matchday programme is now back on sale for Saturday's match against Grimsby Town.

This week the programme contains Matt Taylor’s match day notes, our latest Q&A with City defender, Tom Parkes, and a special feature to mark our annual Football v Homophobia day at St James Park.

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Priced at just £5 for the 84-page perfectly bound programme, The Grecian aims to bring all fans that little bit closer to life at the club in extraordinary times, and can be purchased directly from the club shop online by clicking here.

Season ticket holders can also download a free digital copy of the programme from Match Day Info… if you have not done this before, simply click here, sign up and use your season ticket number as a redeem voucher.

SEASONS SO FAR

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GRIMSBY TOWN'S LAST MATCH

Newport County 1 Grimsby Town 0 | 06/02/21 | Sky Bet League Two

Nicky Maynard scored the only goal as the Exiles came out 1-0 winners, despite former Grecian Scot Bennett being sent off.


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