Exeter City will travel to top of the table Newport County on Tuesday night – and will go there with the intention of claiming all three points.

The Grecians have slipped down to seventh in the table after a recent run of just one win in their last five games, and having faced second place Forest Green Rovers on Boxing Day, now face the league leaders on Tuesday night.

But Michael Flynn’s Exiles are in their worst run of the season having not won any of their last four and their lead has been cut to one point.

At Rodney Parade though they have been strong – picking up 22 points from 27 – although did lose last time out to Oldham Athletic, and with City having lost just once on their travels, they will aim to end 2020 on a high.

Exeter City vs Forest Green Rovers

“It will be a tough game but we will go there with high expectations,” said centre-back Tom Parkes. “We played well against Forest Green and will go to Newport and try and do a job and get the three points. It was a good point against Forest Green Rovers but need to turn that into three against the team top of the table.

“We know it will be tough but we have to keep doing what we are doing and go there and get something and have some good form going into the New Year.” 



Tom Parkes of Exeter City during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Forest Green Rovers at St James Park, Exeter on 26 December. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Archie Collins, whose stunning strike secured a point on Boxing Day, added: “We know Newport away is a tough place to go and games can be quite marginal against the top teams, but we will go there and be looking for a win.”

With City facing a 660 mile round trip to Barrow on Saturday, the fixture computer hasn’t been kind to Matt Taylor’s side, and the manager said that he may have to freshen up the squad on Tuesday night, particularly given that the only change made on Boxing Day was an enforced one after an injury to Pierce Sweeney.

The Irishman was replaced by Jake Caprice 24 minutes into the 1-1 draw with the Green Devils, and Taylor said that it would probably rule him out for 4-6 weeks, and adds to the defensive issues with Josh Key out after testing positive for Covid-19.

But Lewis Page is back fit after his hamstring injury and is available for the trip to Newport, as is goalkeeper Lewis Ward after two months out with an ankle product.



Matt Taylor, Manager of Exeter City during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Forest Green Rovers at St James Park, Exeter on 26 December. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK
Matt Taylor, Manager of Exeter City during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Forest Green Rovers at St James Park, Exeter on 26 December. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Taylor said: “After the last big performance on a Saturday with the Tranmere game, we didn’t quite have it in our legs on the Tuesday night for the Harrogate game, and Newport comes quickly so may need to freshen a few bodies up.”

After having had 1,727 fans inside St James Park on Boxing Day, and all of their last five games having been played in front of crowds, Tuesday’s game will be back behind closed doors with Wales under another lockdown, but Parkes said that it wasn’t something that concerned the players.

The defender added: “It is nice to have the fans back when you score goals or are pushing on to get the win. With no fans, it is not something we can worry about but we have to concentrate on what we have been doing all season and try and get the win and end the year on a high.”





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