DANNY SET TO SHOW NO MERCY
ANY West Country derby is spicy and tomorrow’s has an extra ingredient for Grecians defender Danny Butterfield – he can relegate Torquay.
Exeter are far from home and hosed themselves but Good Friday’s draw with promotion-chasing Chesterfield could prove vital come the end of the season.
Butterfield and co are two points above the relegation places with three games to go – starting at St James’ Park against the Gulls.
But the former Crystal Palace man insists they can kill two birds with one stone in defeating their local rivals.
“If we win they are relegated, and it will be a vital three points for us,” said Butterfield.
“It’s also a local derby which adds to the intensity. We’ve done the double already over Plymouth and we’ve beaten Torquay already this season, hopefully we can get another double.
“It’s not going to be easy because they will be fighting for their lives, but we have to be confident and ready for a battle.
“I believe we will stay up, if you don’t believe you are questioning your teammates and their abilities, and that’s not healthy.
“But the way we played against Chesterfield was great, we were the better team on the day and we were disappointed not to win.”
While the point could do much for Exeter’s hopes of staying in the League Two, it could also aid Chesterfield’s hopes of moving up.
Whatever happens on Monday against Dagenham & Redbridge, though, nothing will be confirmed with fourth-placed Fleetwood three points adrift – although the Spireites’ superior goal difference gives them the edge.
Eoin Doyle’s second-half penalty for the hosts on Good Friday earned a share of the spoils after the visitors went in front with a deflected free-kick from Matt Grimes.
Sam Morsy was sent off for a lunging tackle on Grimes but Doyle levelled for the ten men after he had been tripped in the box.
“Points at this stage of the season are very important, whether it be one or three,” said Chesterfield boss Paul Cook.
“With the games running out it’s important that we pick points up.
“We never played well, we huffed and puffed.
“When you play against teams that dominate the middle of the pitch, in terms of men, you’ll struggle to get the ball back.
“What Exeter were doing to us with their diamond and five at the back was allowing us to come out free up the sides but then dominating the middle of the pitch.
“Great credit goes to our crowd. Our supporters who kept singing and kept us going because we were just honest, we lacked quality but we were honest. “Our support was fantastic, the kop was fantastic. We’ll take good support to Dagenham.”
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SPOT ON: Eoin Doyle scores the first goal for Chesterfield
ALL SMILES: Matt Grimes celebrates with teammates
STAR MAN MATT OAKLEY