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💬 Matt Taylor previews Hartlepool clash

Manager's pre-match thoughts

27 January 2022

Matt Taylor has given his pre-match thoughts as the Grecians take on Hartlepool United at St James Park this Saturday.

Pools travel to the South West boosted by a midweek win over Charlton Athletic in the Papa John's Trophy, meaning they're just one game from Wembley, and Taylor expects that to play some part in Saturday's game.

"I watched that on Tuesday and it was a game they deserved to win over 90 minutes, not just on penalties. That shows where they are this season with their fantastic home form, but they'll be looking to improve their away form.

"We have to put in a performance that puts them on the back foot early on and prevents their style of play. It feels like a game where if we can back up our recent performances, we will be in better position than we were at the start of the year.

"This year we've performed well, and we've started to turn them into wins. We've scored at the right time and had a little luck along the way too. There seems to be a really good feeling around the club at the moment."

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