Friday, September 25, 2009

A look ahead to.....Exeter

Paul Tisdale's Grecians visit the Valley this weekend, making the long trip from Devon; an actual journey upwards to complement their metaphorical one.

Exeter have enjoyed a magnificent couple of seasons, winning promotion to League Two via the playoffs in 2008 and following that up by finishing second in the third tier last term. They have started this campaign adequately, amassing nine points from eight games. Two victories have come in that time, at Carlisle in August and at home last week against hapless Tranmere.

On-loan Addick Stuart Fleetwod is banned from playing against us on Saturday, but Adam Stansfield - scorer of both against John Barnes' men - could be dangerous and 36-year-old ex-Ipswich and Sunderland striker Marcus Stewart is still a tricky customer.

Nevertheless, the game will represent a great chance for the Addicks to return to winning ways after being stunted in their previous two fixtures and as long as the disappointment of conceding a stoppage-time equaliser at Norwich last week is not dwelt upon, three points should come our way.

A cash injection has already come our way, after the Addicks board pummelled £7million into the club. A takeover has been pushed aside for now, though seemingly not for good, with outgoing plc chairman, Derek Chappell, hoping outside investors could come to the fore in the near future.

The move is designed to ensure we do not have to sell any key assets, but whether that is the case when bigger teams start sniffing around our players remains to be seen.

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