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The big preview: Exeter

25 February 2014

Wanderers make the long trip to Exeter City tonight (k.o 7.45pm), looking to build on Saturday’s superb victory over league leaders Chesterfield.

Blues are unbeaten in their last three games, with the final two of those seeing Gareth Ainsworth’s side draw 1-1 with promotion-chasing Fleetwood Town and see off Johnstone’s Paint Trophy finalists the Spireites.

This evening’s opponents have won just one of their last nine Sky Bet League 2 fixtures and have not tasted home success since they beat Plymouth Argyle 3-1 on 5thOctober.

However, Paul Tisdale’s men have lost just once in their last six matches, and that came last time out against high-flying Rochdale.

Gareth Ainsworth – speaking to Chairboys Player

“It’s a win, it’s not just about the three points – it’s a win against top of the league which mentally says to the players that we aren’t far away.

“We need to go on a run now and there’s no reason why we can’t go to Exeter and win, and start pulling away from the bottom of the league.

“We can’t get carried away, this run has just started now. We need to keep our feet on the ground and make sure we do it right, recover right, get to Exeter and win the points – it would be huge thing to win back-to-back games.”

 Paul Tisdale – speaking after Saturday’s defeat to Rochdale

“Goals change games and we had two glaring opportunities before they scored to put the ball in the net and we managed not to.  So we had our chances.

“We didn’t quite have the energy I would have wanted today in the side, and we had three or four players below par.  I don’t think we can play that way and get away with results against teams like Rochdale.

“We didn’t deserve much more than a draw, and you have to say Rochdale were worthy of their result today.

“It’s not the end of the world – we’re disappointed but we still could have got a draw and we had good pressure in the last half an hour of the game.  We didn’t quite have the level of composure or craft to make it work for us.  We rushed a few shots and we could have done better on those things.

“We just hit a dead end today, and we have to move onto the next game and I have to establish who are going to be the most energetic and fluent players going into Tuesday’s game.

Injury news

displacing and fracturing his radius, as well as dislocating his elbow during the win over Chesterfield.Wanderers will be without centre-back Gary Doherty, who underwent surgery on Sunday after

Charles Dunne remains on the sidelines as he continues his recovery from a fractured tibia, while Tommy Fletcher (thigh) is a major doubt.

The hosts have no fresh injury concerns, but are set to be without first-choice keeper Artur Krysiak (knee) once again, so 18-year-oldChristy Pym looks set to continue between the posts.


Exeter 15/8

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