Matt Taylor hailed the outstanding performance and work-rate from his Exeter City players after putting four more goals past Grimsby Town on Tuesday night – and said they are looking forward to doing it in front of their fans soon.
The Grecians have now hit the net 46 times in 20 games this season – 13 in their last three – after the 4-1 win at Blundell Park which sees them rise to third in the table.
Goals from Ryan Bowman, two from Randell Williams, and one from Matt Jay made it ten unbeaten away from home for City, with just one defeat in 17, and Tuesday’s win never felt in doubt despite the Mariners briefly drawing level in the first half.
And as well as the attacking performance, Taylor was keen to praise the backline for the work they did in protecting Jonny Maxted, back in the side after six weeks out with a dislocated knee, who hardly had a save to make.
While Tuesday’s win was behind closed doors, with the Government’s new Tier system having been passed in the House of Commons, fans can return to stadia in Tiers 1 and 2, with up to 2,000 fans allowed into St James Park.
City face a trip to second placed Cheltenham Town on Saturday, who will have 2,000 of their supporters cheering them on, and Taylor said they are looking forward to the return of fans.
“No matter what happens, it’s a positive that home fans will be there and a step in the right direction,” he said. “It’s a huge positive for football and we are looking forward to playing in front of people, and those who have watched us on iFollow, in the next couple of weeks you will be able to watch us live so hope we don’t have a drop in form.”
On the Grimsby win, he added: “That was a good performance and I felt that was overall a really pleasing display. We started converting our chances and put pressure on the opposition and I was pleased how we saw the game out from half time onwards, but still had a threat about us.”
City have scored more goals this season than any of the teams in the top four divisions of English football, despite a start to the campaign where goals seemed to be hard to come by with plenty of chances missed.
But with Jay on nine, Joel Randall on eight, Bowman on six, Jake Taylor on six, and Harry Kite, Alex Hartridge, Nicky Law, Ben Seymour, Josh Key and Williams all having netted more than once, the goals have been flying in for City recently, having only failed to score three times this season.
Taylor added: “We have created chances this season and for whatever reason at the start of the season they weren’t going in, but they are now. Goals change games and then they have to chase the game. More pleasing was we kept them to one and none in the second half, and with Jonny Maxted back and his first game for a long time, I was pleased with the display and he was well looked after by the boys in front.
“Ryan got another goal and that’s pleasing for him, with Randell on the scoresheet and MJ getting goals again. They are getting all the plaudits but it is such a collective at the moment and the unsung heroes at the back protecting Jonny gave us a real platform.
“You want to be an attacking player in this team as we are creating chances, but we know how difficult the weekend will be when we go to Cheltenham. They are a very good team at this level and will be a serious test.”