Tay­lor has more op­tions for Colch­ester trip

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - Football Sport - BY RICHARD HUGHES

Lee Martin and Dean Moxey are set to re­turn to the squad for Ex­eter City this af­ter­noon when the team takes on Colch­ester United in Es­sex.

Man­ager Matt Tay­lor has been miss­ing a mod­icum of play­ers in re­cent weeks, with at­tacker Martin in­jured and de­fender Moxey sus­pended.

The Gre­cians also have Chiedozie Og­bene back fit and Jimmy Oates, Matt Jay and Archie Collins played 90 min­utes in the mid­week 1-1 draw with Ply­mouth Ar­gyle in the Cen­tral Re­serve League.

Tay­lor said: “Lee Martin has trained this week so hope­fully he’ll be in con­tention, he’ll travel with the squad.

“Dean Moxey is com­ing back from sus­pen­sion but we also did a bit of ex­plo­ration into a cou­ple of long-term in­juries, but he’s come through it okay. I’ve got to use him when I see fit.

“The rest of the group have come through the week rel­a­tively un­scathed.

“It was a pos­i­tive game, I’ve said how I’ve been frus­trated by the lack of com­pet­i­tive re­serve team ac­tion we’ve had.

“It was a proper game of foot­ball, Ply­mouth were on top in the first half and sec­ond half we came back into it and fin­ished the stronger team.

“It was good to get min­utes for lads who needed them and that should stand them in good stead for the next two games on Satur­day and Tues­day.

“We got some good work into the lads this week.

“It’s been a cold but dry week so that stan­dard of train­ing has been where we need it to be.

“We’ll fin­ish it off with a short, sharp, ses­sion to­mor­row and we’re look­ing for­ward to Satur­day.”

Af­ter last week­end’s draw against Northamp­ton Town, Ex­eter sit in sixth in the League One ta­ble, seven points be­hind the lead­ers Mil­ton Keynes Dons, who are of course man­aged by for­mer Gre­cians boss Paul Tis­dale.

But Tay­lor is more than aware of the dan­ger fourth­placed Colch­ester will threaten – es­pe­cially at home.

On Tues­day night City are at home against Mac­cles­field Town on Tues­day night.

Tay­lor said: “It’s go­ing to be a tough test, Colch­ester are in food form and are above us in the ta­ble.

“They have been ex­cel­lent, cer­tainly in terms of their home games.

“It’s go­ing to be a tough test, the jour­ney aside, we have play­ers com­ing back to fit­ness, so we should be stronger than we have been in the last cou­ple of weeks and it should be a good game of foot­ball.

“I spoke to the lads and asked them who re­mem­bered last sea­son where we were 3-0 down af­ter 40 min­utes and out of the game.

“We have to be right on our met­tle right from minute one, but we have some good play­ers com­ing back into the fold now, we showed glimpses last week­end of the at­tack­ing threat that we’ve got, and we need to show that on Satur­day. But also, we have to be res­o­lute be­cause it’s a tough place to go.

“Hope­fully the fans will make the jour­ney, it’s such a long one, I think only Carlisle is longer than Colch­ester in terms of the dis­tance trav­elled – but hope­fully we can make it worth­while.”

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