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Pre Match Press Conference | Exeter City

Town's assistant boss Paul Wilkinson was in the hot seat this week.

9 November 2017

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Firstly Town’s assistant manager brought us up to date with the injuries ahead of the long trip to Devon. “We are okay, everybody has come through last night, which is good for us. We are looking forward to having a strong squad to take down to Exeter at the weekend.”

And Wilko was asked how far away Jamey Osborne was from making the match day squad.

He said: “We will assess him today, we will see how he is from last night, but he will be in our thoughts over the next week or two. Maybe it is a bit sudden for him yet, last night was probably the first game of any real intensity that he has played in. He did well to come through an hour and we are really delighted with that ”

And Paul has confirmed that they are keeping tabs on the players that are currently out on loan.

“We went to watch Reece (Hall-Johnson) and Clem (Chris Clements) the other week – me and the gaffer, and we will try to get to see young Max (Wright) at some stage now that our midweek games aren’t flying around so much. It’s good for us to have boys out on loan, getting regular first team action.”

Reece Hall-Johnson limped out of Chester’s clash with local rivals Wrexham last night with a hamstring injury and is set to return to Town to be assessed by Dave Moore.

Is Exeter Town’s biggest test to date?

“I think it will be. Last week was a good test for us against Plymouth. We gave a really good account of ourselves and we were a little bit unlucky not to come away with at least a draw. We will go down there with confidence. We need to make sure that we are well organised and prepare for the game. Hopefully we can go there and get another positive result.”

So what do Exeter do well?

“Actually they have changed a little bit this year. They play good football, they can be quite direct at times. It is going to be a test for us as always. Paul (Tisdale) gets his teams playing in a good way. They’ve had a terrific start to the season, it hasn’t quite gone so well over the last five or six games. But, again, they are a good team and had a good result over the weekend.”

A number of events will be taking place at St James Park on Saturday in acknowledgement of Remembrance Day - including Town and Exeter City fans laying wreaths in front of the IP Office stand. There will also be a minutes silence ahead of kick-off. 

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