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Boss expecting another tough battle

21 March 2014

Graham Alexander speaks to the press before Saturday's trip to Exeter

Manager Graham Alexander has paid no attention to Exeter City’s league position ahead of the trip to St James Park on Saturday.

The Cod Army, who are four points short of the League Two automatic promotion spots, will look to extend their unbeaten run of five games when heading to the Grecians, who are just three points and one place above the relegation spots.

Paul Tisdale’s team snatched a 2-1 win at Highbury in September with two late Scot Bennett goals, although Alexander has chosen not to reflect on the early-season result either.

“I’m not fussed about Exeter’s league position or a game that was three or four months ago,” said Alexander. 

“We’re fighting for promotion and the three points, so we have to concentrate on ourselves.

“We’ll go with a team that we think can cause Exeter problems because we’re a squad that’s looking back to decent strength again.

“We played Torquay a couple of weeks ago and that was a real battle to win the three points, and then they went a beat Rochdale at home.

“I think Exeter will be just as tough a game as we’ve had all season. They beat us at our place which was a sore one and still is sore because you don’t want to lose any games. 

“They’ll be fighting for their lives because they’re fighting for their league status, so their motivation is going to be there but we’ve got our own motivation and we have to make sure it is stronger than theirs.”

Alexander has also been impressed with Town’s recent form, which saw them complete a league double over Portsmouth on Saturday.

“I felt that, the weekend following the Plymouth result, there has been a steely determination to turn it around,” said Alexander. 

“We’re not out of the woods yet, though.  We’re not top by six points or anything like that, we’re still fighting and we’re still in the same position we were three weeks ago. 

“We had to prove to the doubters that we were a good team. There’s no point playing well and getting beaten – results count. 

“We all know how football can change in a week, so we have to remember the feeling we had a few weeks ago when we were in a hole, and there was a lot of doubt around us.

“We haven’t fought ourselves out it. We’re still in that hole and we have to keep fighting to the top so that we’re in the position at the end of the season that we want to be, and that’s in the top three.”

to be directed through to our ticketing office website. click hereAfter this weekend's game at Exeter City, we are back in action at Highbury against Bristol Rovers, the final Tuesday night game of the season. Tickets are on sale now so

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