Exeter City’s experienced defender Pierce Sweeney said that the Grecians are ready to bounce back on Tuesday night after their 13 game unbeaten run came to an end with a 2-1 loss to Oldham Athletic.

Having taken an early lead through Randell Williams, City fell behind after Blackwood levelled after a swift counter-attack, before Danny Rowe rocketed home a 40 yards free-kick.

The Grecians had all the chances after the break, but couldn’t find a way through, and suffered only their second league defeat of the season and it ended their 13 match unbeaten run.

Speaking after the game, Sweeney said the players were not at the races on Saturday but that they are ready to bounce back when Colchester United visit St James Park on Tuesday night.

Pierce Sweeney of Exeter City battles for the ball with Dylan Bahamboula of Oldham Athletic during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Oldham Athletic at St James Park, Exeter on 21 Nov. Photo: Cameron Geran/PPAUK

“The result was disappointing,” the Irishman said. “It was two good goals in fairness to Oldham and they were at the races in the first half and we weren’t, and we know we weren’t at the races, but we have another game Tuesday and we go again.

“The busy schedule means you can put losses behind you and move on quickly and if you win Tuesday and Saturday then today is forgotten. We have a tough run of games but we are looking to bounce back on Tuesday.

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“Credit to Oldham. We have been good at home for couple of seasons but they had a game plan, got the goals, and defended for lives, and we didn’t have the clinical finish. Teams will come here and try to upset us and they did, but we are looking to Tuesday.”

Jack Sparkes of Exeter City looks dejected after losing during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Oldham Athletic at St James Park, Exeter on 21 Nov. Photo: Cameron Geran/PPAUK
Jack Sparkes of Exeter City looks dejected after losing during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Oldham Athletic at St James Park, Exeter on 21 Nov. Photo: Cameron Geran/PPAUK

The loss ended the 13 match unbeaten run that City had been on, but Sweeney said that rather than an unbeaten run, the players want a winning run, after six draws in that sequence.

He added: “It is all well and good having an unbeaten run but we want to go on a winning run. We’ve drawn too many games – six in the league – so we’ll look onto the next game and Colchester will be a different threat but we have to be ready for that. Unbeaten runs come to an end and it’s about how we react to it.”





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