Exeter City hope to mark Matt Taylor’s 200th game in charge with victory at Fortress St James Park


Matt Taylor will become the tenth man to take charge of Exeter City for 200 games when the Greeks begin a three-game run at home on Tuesday night.

The 40-year-old was appointed City manager in 2018 following the departure of Paul Tisdale and in his first three seasons he led Exeter to two ninth places, as well as a play-off final defeat, in the Shortened 2019/20 league. Two seasons.

City have won 85 of the 199 games for which Taylor has been responsible, with 61 draws and 53 losses, and his winning percentage of 42.7 per cent is the highest of any nine men before him who managed 200 games, with only Alex Inglethorpe. , who managed 89 games in the Conference era with a best winning record.

The Greeks, following their 2-1 loss to in-form Mansfield Town on Friday night, gave up play-off places but have games in progress against almost all of their rivals, starting with a visit to Swindon Town at St James Park Tuesday.

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Ben Garner’s Robins leapt over City on Saturday when they scored a last-minute winner at Bradford City, and have been strong away from home this season, with no other side to match their ten wins over the road.

Exeter City fans celebrate after winning the Sky Bet League 2 match between Exeter City and Harrogate Town at St James Park, Exeter on February 15, 2022. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

But City have only lost twice at home in the league this season, and Taylor will be hoping another packed crowd can help Exeter in their hallmark game win the three points that will see them lift to third in the table. .

And skipper Matt Jay, who ended his long goalscoring drought on Friday, hopes the Red Army will help turn St James Park into a fortress and that City can make the most of the next three games which will all be at residence.

“Our fans are brilliant and it was fantastic to see so many here,” Jay said after the loss to the Stags. “We really want to thank them and try to thank them as much as possible. It’s not over and we will need them, and we have great games ahead and grateful for them

“SJP is a fortress and people will struggle to come and we have an opportunity to win games so we have to win them.”

The Greeks will be hoping Jevani Brown and Cheick Diabate will be available again after missing the trip to Field Mill through injury, while Josh Coley is also doubtful after his late injury.

But Offrande Zanzala is again likely to be involved after the man on loan at Barrow recovered from knee surgery faster than expected and was fit enough to make a late 10-minute appearance.

Tuesday’s victory would see City move up to third in the table, when a point would not be enough to see them climb into the top seven, but with Salford City and Crawley Town to visit St James Park the following week, three games to go. home in seven days gives Taylor’s men a chance to put pressure on their rivals, especially as they have played fewer times than anyone other than Mansfield.

Paul Tisdale, Johnny Newman, Billy McDevitt, George Roughton, Brian Godfrey, Peter Fox, Terry Cooper (more than two spells), Fred Mavin and Frank Broome (more than two spells) are the other nine to have made 200 games

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