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The big preview – Exeter

26 November 2013

Wanderers return to Adams Park this evening as Exeter City make the trip to South Bucks (k.o 7.45pm).

Gareth Ainsworth’s men were left to rue a below-par first-half display as they were beaten 2-0 at promotion-chasing Chesterfield on Saturday, but their performance after the break will give Blues’ boss plenty of encouragement for tonight’s clash.

Chairboys had gone into the game at the Proact Stadium on the back of a superb 2-0 victory at League 1 outfit Crewe Alexandra in their FA Cup first-round replay.

The Grecians have lost their last five in all competitions, scoring just three times in the process whilst conceding 11.

place in Sky Bet League 2, but despite their poor recent run of form they are just three points adrift of the play-offs.thPaul Tisdale’s side come into this evening’s game in 13

Gareth Ainsworth in tonight’s edition of ‘Quarters’

“I know the boys share my frustrations as to why we can have two totally different halves as we did (at Chesterfield), but we need to be more consistent both here and on our travels to keep in the top half of the table.

“It’s our second meeting already this season and I’ll be looking for more of the same from the first game from those Wanderers out there this evening.

“We’ve had a great cup win, flanked by two league defeats. The consistency I have been speaking of will need to come into play to get back to winning ways in our League 2 campaign.

“Being consistent, not just game-to-game but minute-by-minute, in everything we do. To improve every day is my aim. Myself, my staff, the players and the club - we will all be at our best to make these strides we feel are not far away.”

Paul Tisdale – speaking after Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Rochdale

“I'm obviously disappointed because I am always disappointed when we lose. I believe we can win any game we play. We are having a tough time and certain things we are doing are not connecting.

“I am well aware of the things we are not getting right and I know what we need to do and what we can do. But its one thing not having things quite as you want, another thing understanding it and knowing what you want to do and another thing actually doing it.

“We have to direct the team ready for the next game and sometimes that's with words or imagery, videos or tactics boards.

“We haven't got too much energy or capacity to do too much work on the pitch between now and Tuesday. I believe in the players, but we are on a bad run and we need to turn it round. I am sure we will.”

Team news

 Ainsworth is set to be without Kortney Hause (ankle), Jo Kuffour (thigh) andNick Arnold (groin), while Jon-Paul Pittman (ankle) could be back in contention. Billy Knott limped off late on against Chesterfield, but the midfielder was only suffering with cramp and is available for selection.

Experienced midfielder Matt Oakley misses out for the visitors with an ankle injury, while former Wanderer Tommy Doherty will be hoping for a recall after being an unused substitute at Rochdale.

Odds

Exeter 11/5
Draw 23/10
Wanderers 5/4

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