What Exeter City boss said about Hartlepool United and sarcastic chanting ahead of FA Cup clash

Hartlepool United could pose another ‘frustrating’ test for Exeter City in next month’s FA Cup clash, according to Grecians boss Matt Taylor.

Wednesday, 20th November 2019, 5:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 20th November 2019, 5:00 pm
Exeter City boss Matt Taylor has urged supporters to stay with his side.
Exeter City boss Matt Taylor has urged supporters to stay with his side.

Exeter, who are fifth in League Two, booked their place in the second round of the competition after a 1-0 home win over Cambridge United on Tuesday night.

Striker Alex Fisher scored the only goal of the game in the 70th minute for Taylor’s side in a game of few chances at St James Park.

Such was the lack of quality, home supporters could even be heard sarcastic chanting, ‘we’ve had a shot’ when Lee Martin registered an effort on target in the second half.

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Taylor, though, has urged supporters to stay with the side, who face a trip to Crawley before their meeting with Pools on Sunday, December 1 (2pm kick-off).

“People don’t quite realise how difficult it is,” said Taylor after the Cambridge win. “Teams are going to come here and put bodies behind that ball and defend deep and take away our space and that is a sign of respect for our team at the moment.

When asked about Hartlepool, Taylor added: “They are a good team and it is not going to be easy.

“It could be frustrating again, but I implore the fans to stick with us. No rubbish in terms of the chants just get behind the boys because they are trying everything they possibly can.”

Pools have won four of their last six games against Exeter, losing the other two.