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Five things to know ahead of Saturday's trip to Exeter City

20 April 2018

Exeter are continuing to press for automatic promotion despite a lengthy injury list. Ryan Harley, Lee Holmes, Troy Brown and Jordan Moore-Taylor have all missed several recent games along with Dean Moxey and Craig Woodman also out of action. West Brom loanee Kane Wilson started Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Chesterfield at left-back, and the teenager could play there again against Reds.

Who says Reds have nothing to play for? Three wins from their last three games would take them to 19 League victories for the season, the most we have achieved since 2013 in League One when we won 18 games.

The competition to be Reds’ top scorer is led by Jimmy Smith with nine goals, but Enzio Boldewijn and Karlan Ahearne-Grant are only one behind while Jordan Roberts can’t be discounted on seven goals. Roberts netted twice when Reds won 3-1 at the Checkatrade Stadium against Exeter back in November.

Exeter are in good form. They have won four of their last six games with their only defeat in that sequence a 3-2 reverse at Lincoln City. At St James’ Park, they have only lost one of their last ten games – a 1-0 loss to Mansfield Town. With three games to go they are two points behind Wycombe, who currently occupy the final automatic promotion place. After tomorrow, the Grecians face a trip to Stevenage before finishing at home to Colchester. Wycombe entertain Accrington tomorrow, visit Chesterfield next Saturday before finishing at home to Stevenage. A point tomorrow will confirm Exeter’s place in the play-offs.

Exeter skipper Dean Moxey is banking on the home fans to make a difference tomorrow. He said: “Crawley enjoyed a really good run around the turn of the year but their form has dipped over recent weeks and we have to believe we can secure a 16th home win of the season. The SJP massive was in especially good voice on Tuesday night and more of the same on Saturday can only help us realise our goal.”

Photo: Jordan Roberts celebrates one of his goals in the 3-1 win over Exeter earlier this season


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