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📝Match Preview: Exeter City

A look ahead to Saturday's Sky Bet League Two clash with The Grecians.

17 January 2020

Team News

James Hanson could return to the 18-man matchday squad this weekend, but Harry Davis may be out for a ‘little while.’

Luke Waterfall will serve his second match of a three-match ban. 

Jordan Cook also remains sidelined with a calf injury. 

Form Guide

You have to go back to November 2nd for Exeter's last defeat in the league. Matt Taylor's side have won four and drawn two of their last six fixtures. 

Head to Head

Last Time:

Exeter City 1-3 Grimsby Town 

A much-changed Town team had a comfortable victory at table-toppers Exeter City this afternoon.

The Mariners took the lead in spectacular fashion when Ethan Robson fired home from the edge of the box following a corner.

And the visitors doubled their lead soon after the break when Max Wright was upended in the box. Moses Ogbu stepped up, and fired beyond the reach of the City keeper before celebrating with his now customary somersault.

The 261 travelling Town fans were in dreamland when Robson added his second and Town’s third on 67 minutes.

And with 2 minutes of added-on time remaining, City got a consolation goal from Ryan Bowman.

11 May 1991 Grimsby Town v Exeter City W 2-1 League Division Three
13 Nov 2004 Exeter City v Grimsby Town L 1-0 FA Cup
18 Oct 2008 Exeter City v Grimsby Town D 0-0 League Two
07 Feb 2009 Grimsby Town v Exeter City D 2-2 League Two
08 Oct 2016 Exeter City v Grimsby Town D 0-0 League Two
14 Jan 2017 Grimsby Town v Exeter City L 0-3 League Two
11 Nov 2017 Exeter City v Grimsby Town L 2-0 League Two
24 Feb 2018 Grimsby Town v Exeter City L 0-1 League Two
20 Oct 2018 Grimsby Town v Exeter City D 0-0 League Two
29 Dec 2018 Exeter City v Grimsby Town W 1-2 League Two
28 Sep 2019 Exeter City v Grimsby Town W 1-3 League Two

Match Coverage:

As usual, match updates will be provided by the club’s official twitter account (@OfficialGTFC). We will keep you up to date with the action to ensure you don’t miss a kick – delivering a match report shortly after the final whistle with post-match reaction from Town's caretaker boss, Ian Holloway.

Live on iFollow Mariners

Listen live on iFollow Mariners, with our overseas-based supporters able to watch the game live. 

Alan Buckley and John Tondeur will be your commentary team at Blundell Park. 

Town fans can now purchase an iFollow subscription for a friend, family member or colleague with the introduction of a 'Purchase as a gift' option. more >>

Betting Odds

Grimsby to win and BTTS - now 7/1 from 6/1 - with a Sky Bet Price Boost. 

Correct Score

Town to win 1-0 - 8/1

Town to win 2-0 - 16/1 more >>

Man in the Middle:

Sunderland based official, Andy Haines will oversee our Sky Bet League Two clash against Exeter City at Blundell Park at the weekend.

So far this season he has shown 68 Yellow Cards and seven Red Cards.

Key Men for The Grecians – Ryan Bowman is the Grecians danger man with 11 goals to his name.bowman.png

The Managers

Ian Holloway

“They are up there at the moment. Nobody is a top side and nobody is a bottom side at the minute. Let’s have a look at it after 46 games.

“You have to earn that right, and if you are up there now, you are just there to be shot at.

“I believe we can do that and we are in the process of getting them to do that in a very tough division.

“I am not going to stop until they can do it. And if they can’t do it, I will bring other people in who can.”

Matt Taylor

“We are in good form,” he said. “We have been consistent of late. We want to keep that consistency going and we want to keep on picking up points. We know, it is going to be difficult it always is when you go away from home, let alone to a team that are on the up under a new manager. They’ll be a real good feel factor about the Grimsby this weekend, but we have got to back our players, we have got to back our supporters – who are going to make the long journey up there. Hopefully they are going to be a good voice and hopefully we can repay them with a performance.”

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