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8th march 2002 


  • Exeter City (home ko 3:00pm)

    By the time we get to play this game tomorrow Exeter City might have a new manager, or at least know whats happening to the one they've got now.

    At the time of writing John Cornforth is yet to sign a new contract and the existing one expires in six weeks time.

    Their shilly shallying directors say that he's about to sign but then again so do the Swansea fans.
    The reason being that Swansea have just sacked their manager Colin Addison and Cornforth was seen having a look around at the Vetch Field last week.

    No wonder clubs like these two are continually playing at the edge of the cliff. If they were to get their house in order and gain a bit of stability then they might aspire to greater heights instead, especially in Swanseas case, of being a big city club stuck at the bottom of the Third.

    Sermon over now back to the footie.

    It was just before Christmas that we went down to Devon and gave them a lesson in football with Dean Bennett grabbing a cracker of a goal.

    That was the first half.

    The second half we just didn't compete and eventually ended up losing to two late goals.

    We must make sure that we compete tomorrow and win otherwise we can wave goodbye to the playoffs
    Having dropped points at Oxford midweek and seen the rest of the pack all win their games another two, or even three, points dropped will see us fall even further behind, Cheltenham have a two game and five point advantage over us so we can't afford to slip up.

    Jan Molby thinks that we need to make a greater effort and get at least 70 points to get there.

    "With four home games left, we need to take something near maximum points from those to have a chance.

    But we need to pick up more away from home. When we talk about not getting enough on our travels, Tuesday was a perfect example.

    I thought Oxford were disappointing. I expected more from them and was disappointed not to take the three points.

    There have been a few games of late where we get ourselves in front. Saturday against Hartlepool was rare as the other team scored first."

    Stampers missing again tomorrow along with Appleby and Ducros, still no word about this mysterious ankle injury!!
    There should be no other injuries and Jan will probably select the same team as Tuesday night with Adie at the back and the Bomber in midfield.

    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Danby, Joy, Smith, Clarkson, Sall, Ayres, Hinton, Williams, Davies, Bennett, Doyle, Larkin, Broughton, Henriksen, Foster, Bird, Lewis.

    Exeter only have Kwame Ampadu doubtful, he picked up a groin injury in their defeat at Rushden on Tuesday but he's responding well to treatment and should be Ok.

    Why is it that only we seem to have an injury list?

    They are also in the middle of a clearout with Mark Burrows joining Merthyr Tydfil on a months loan and Jay Richardson in talks with Stevenage.

    They have also sacked Jamie Campbell and allowed non-contract player Stuart Elliott to look for another club.

    Striker Sean McCarthy starts a four match ban so they are likely to recall Steve Flack.

    And finally. Want away striker Christian Roberts is still leaving just as he has been all season.

    Exeter (from):
    Van Heusden, Fraser, McConnell, Curran, Watson, Power, Ampadu, Barlow, Roscoe, Breslan, Tomlinson, Flack, Whitworth, Roberts, Buckle, Read, Mudge, Moor, Afful, Cronin, Zabek.



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