Exeter City preview

Exeter_City_badgeExeter City manager Paul Tisdale will look to guide the Grecians back to League One, where they spent years between 2009 and 2012. Since relegation, Tisdale has not been able to build a serious promotion challenge, but with the additions of Bobby Olejnik and Lee Holmes, they may look t mount one this time around.

70 points is usually enough to reach the play-offs, but Exeter fell 7 points short last season. They conceded far too many simple goals last season, but the major coup of signing Austrian keeper from Peterborough United will give them more solidarity at the back. The former Aston Villa man, fell out of favour at the Posh after the arrival of Ben Alnwick. Before this he put in consistent performances with solid handling and excellent reflexes in the Championship, but will now look to rebuild his career by starting back in League Two.

Exeter’s goalscoring record was exceptional last season, and did not reflect the position they finished. They netted 61 times, which is overpoweringly more than their nearest rivals in the table, in fact they scored just 8 less than League Champions Burton Albion. Jamie Reid broke into the first team towards the end of last season but has not scored since a brace on his debut for the Devon club. Maybe it was just beginners luck, but the Northern Ireland Under 21 manager Jim Magilton certainly sees potential, giving the 21-year-old his first caps for his nation. The striker will look to regain the form that he started his career so well with, and if he does so he could join Tom Nichols on the frontline.

Solid...Olejnik
Solid…Olejnik

Lee Holmes is the second name to arrive at St James’ Park, the winger arrives from Preston where he couldn’t make an impact after 3 years with the club. Holmes, who predominantly plays on the left flank, ended the season with the Grecians but failed to score in his 8 appearances. Elsewhere in the engine room, Matt Oakley will be a key figure. The 37-year-old signed a new contract in the summer and after captaining the side In the latter stages last year, will be influential if the Grecians are to reach the summit of their powers.

Most of the squad last season has been conserved from last season, if last season is any sign of what is to come, the certainly have the goals needed to mount a promotion charge. The defence still looks fairly indifferent from last season but with last seasons player of the year, defender Christian Ribiero, signing a long awaited new deal the experience gained from last season may be enough to heave them through. On the other hand it could mean much of the same as last season, but with Bobby Olejnik replacing the comparatively inexperienced Christy Pym, they are in safe hands in the net.

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