Opposition: Level-headed Exeter City set for ‘difficult Mansfield Town test’

Exeter's Jayden Stockley celebrates scoring
Exeter's Jayden Stockley celebrates scoring

Exeter City travel to the One Call Stadium on Saturday with renewed optimism after thumping Notts County last time out.

The Grecians, who hadn’t scored in seven hours of football prior to their demolition of the Magpies, ran out comfortable 5-1 winners over Harry Kewell’s side.

Current Exeter boss Matt Taylor pictured putting his head in where it hurts during his playing days for the club

Current Exeter boss Matt Taylor pictured putting his head in where it hurts during his playing days for the club

That result will ensure they make the 460-mile round trip up the M5 with confidence but manager Matt Taylor is remaining level-headed after a turbulent run.

Looking ahead to playing Mansfield Town, Taylor said: “Regardless of who is managing that team, it is a difficult place to go, such a difficult place.

“But we have to be ready for that, I am sure that we will be.

“I am sure that we will take some confidence from this performance and as I have said in a few interviews, we didn’t get too low last week.

“We boosted the lads this week and went back to basics to a certain extent.

“That has to be the same week in week out, I have a good group of players and if we work as hard as that, then we will be okay.”

Taylor succeeded long-serving manager Paul Tisdale (pictured left) who left at the end of last season to take up the hot seat at MK Dons.

Taylor, formerly the club’s under-23s coach, was promoted to first team duties in June - days after Exeter’s League Two play-off final defeat to Coventry City.

He has overseen an encouraging start to the season overall, with the Grecians placed third in the table after seven games.

Meanwhile, Stags had a blank weekend after their scheduled match at Crewe Alexandra was postponed due to international call ups.

They will have to have a watchful eye on the visitors’ centre-forward Jayden Stockley who has five to his name so far this season.

Stockley, who bagged 25 last season, added: “We’ve been good on the road so far so it’s another chance to go and put a marker down.”