Confidence in the Exeter City group is ‘sky high’ and they feel they can beat anyone after knocking League One Gillingham out of the FA Cup.

The Gills, 13 in League One, were on a five match unbeaten run, but were torn apart for large parts of Saturday’s clash at Priestfield by a rampant Grecians side.

Having gone behind early, City hit the net three times in ten minutes, with goals from Nicky Law and two from Joel Randall, and despite a late goal giving them a nervy final five minutes, booked their spot in Monday’s FA Cup Third Round draw with the 3-2 win.

Goal Celebrations for Joel Randall of Exeter City during the FA Cup 2nd Round match between Gillingham and Exeter City at the Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Kent on 28 Nov 2020. Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK

Randall, whose double took his tally to eight for the season, said that the players were buzzing with the win and that it showed the level they were at with the club’s aim of ensuring next season’s trip to Kent would be a League One clash.

“The first 20 minutes were a bit slow but when we got the ball down and started playing we showed what a great team we are and we could have scored more goals,” the 21-year-old said.

“It was a really good win and hope the fans at home were buzzing with that as we were buzzing with that. We’ve come today to hope to get the win against a team where we want to be next season in League One, and the boys are delighted that we are in the next round, and cannot wait for the draw.

Goal Celebrations for Joel Randall of Exeter City during the FA Cup 2nd Round match between Gillingham and Exeter City at the Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Kent on 28 Nov 2020. Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK
Goal Celebrations for Joel Randall of Exeter City during the FA Cup 2nd Round match between Gillingham and Exeter City at the Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Kent on 28 Nov 2020. Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK

“The confidence in the group is sky high and we go into every game knowing how we are going to play. We are aggressive, we are strong, and we’re really good going forward and hope to carry that on to the next games.”

The Grecians, currently fifth in League Two, are now unbeaten in nine on the road, and have two away games in League One this week, starting with a trip to Grimsby Town on Tuesday night, before the relatively short trip up the M5 to Cheltenham Town, who sit second in the table, next Saturday.

Randall added: “We need to keep the standards high but we go into the Grimsby game confident we can get the three points and keep on climbing up the league table as well.”





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