Return of Forte is good news for City
Exeter City will be boosted by the return of striker Jonathan Forte for tomorrow’s FA Cup first-round tie against Blackpool at St James’ Park.
The striker missed last weekend’s 2-0 League Two defeat at Tranmere Rovers through illness, but City manager Matt Taylor says his summer signing will be back to take on the Tangerines.
“Jonathan Forte is coming back from an illness, so he will be available,” Taylor said yesterday.
“As for the rest of the injured players, apart from Troy Brown, Hiram [Boateng] and Alex Hartridge, hopefully, they are only one, two, three or four weeks away, so they are not long, long-term injuries,” he added.
“We can’t wait to have them back. When you get five or six players back, it really boosts the squad – and they are five or six good players as well.”
As well as Forte, Brown, Boateng and Hartridge, the Grecians have had to make do without Lee Holmes and Christy Pym in recent weeks, while Dean Moxey will serve the first instalment of a twomatch suspension against Blackpool, following his red card at Tranmere.
“We’ll still have seven or eight out for this weekend, and Dean Moxey suspended,” Taylor said. “The numbers are what they are at the moment. I’ve got no problem or no excuses from that.”
The Grecians’ manager is glad to have home advantage against League One opposition. “You always want to play your cup games at home,” he added. “It’s a huge advantage and it will be a long way for Blackpool to come, and we’ve got to make the atmosphere as proper as we can.
“You do hope for a relatively easy draw. However, it is what it is. We can’t wait for this weekend and we’re looking forward to it.”
Exeter City’s Josh Key (centre) takes on Norwich City’s Anthony Spyrou during last night’s Premier League Under-23 Cup match at St James’ Park. A long-range shot from Spyrou gave theCanaries the lead midway through the first half before a 45th-minute equaliser by Ben Seymour earned the Grecians a 1-1 draw