Re­turn of Forte is good news for City

Western Morning News - - Sport - BY STU­ART JAMES

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.”

PIC­TURE: SEAN HERNON/PPAUK

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

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