Exeter City return to action on Tuesday night with a tough trip to Gloucestershire to take on table-topping Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn.
The Grecians go into the game winless in the last four in all competitions but can seek encouragement boasting a strong record against the Green Devils. Conversely, Rob Edwards' Forest Green are eclipsing all expectations this term and will begin January 4 seven points clear at the top of League Two- this being their game in hand over second-placed Northampton Town.
Exeter can be heartened by a resolute performance against Sutton United, despite the 2-1 loss. The squad had been depleted by Covid-19 and injuries, but the return of Tim Dieng and the impressive debuts of Cheick Diabate and Sam Stubbs gives Matt Taylor's men a welcome boost ahead of Tuesday's 7:45pm kick-off.
The Grecians are unbeaten at the New Lawn in the Football League and will take pride knowing that Rovers' last victory over City was in 2018, but this week's fixture is evidentally the toughest test to date. Forest Green haven't lost in the league since October.
Matt Taylor's thoughts
The manager was proud of his makeshift team on Saturday afternoon, but has called for "more quality" and "more shots on goal" on Tuesday evening.
"If you've got to rely on something to get anything out of the game, you should rely on the effort and the attitude and the intent of the group of players. It was spot on on Saturday and I think the fans sensed that."
Tim Dieng's thoughts
Tim Dieng has said it's a "good sign" that players are willing to take responsibility as he previews Tuesday nights trip to Forest Green.
The City midfielder, who captained the side against Sutton on Saturday, said:
"It's a good sign that we have more than one captain in the side, and that shows we have more leaders on the pitch."
The match, originally scheduled for Wednesday 29 December was postponed due to Covid-19 and both clubs have worked with the EFL to find the earlies suitable date for the fixture.
All tickets previously purchased for this fixture remain valid for the rearranged date.
Tickets can still be purchased online and will be made available for collection at Forest Green ONLY. Tickets can also be purchased on the day at the ground.
Adult: £18 | Over-65: £14 | Under-21: £9 | Under-16: £6 | Under-11: Free with Adult
Adult: £20 | Over-65: £16 | Under-21: £10 | Under-16: £7 | Under-11: Free with Adult
Adult: £23 | Over-65: £18 | Under-21: £14 | Under-16: £8 | Under-11: Free with Adult
Grecian Travel, completely run by the Supporters' Club, and not for profit, is available for City's trip to Forest Green Rovers.
- The coach will depart from Unit 1 nightclub at 4pm for a cost of £22 per-person.
Other pick-up points include: Honiton Road park and ride (by Miller and Carter Steakhouse), junction 28 (Cullompton services), junction 27 (Tiverton), junction 25 (Taunton). All other pick-ups by prior arrangement.
PLEASE NOTE: Face coverings are required to travel on Grecian Travel. This does not apply if you are exempt.
How to buy
Currently Grecian Travel can only be booked directly.
For more information or to book please contact John Bishop on 07904 036334 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org (after 6pm).
How to follow
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Exeter City 0 Forest Green Rovers 0 | Sky Bet League Two | St James Park | September 4, 2021
City held out the league leaders to a goalless draw with Sam Nombe coming closest for the men in Red.