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17 February 2017



17 February 2017

Darren Sarll says he and the squad are ‘enthused’ about the rest of the season after four wins in a row have moved us up the table and in position to challenge for a play-off spot.

“We are in a place where I think we all hoped we would be. I hoped we would be in a position where in the last third of the season there would be something to play for.

“This time last year we had just been beaten by Carlisle and were looking at things going ‘OK, this is going to be a bit of a battle.’

“In the same way, there is that same pressure now. But we don’t look at it as a battle and it’s not one that demoralises, drains and saps you. It engages you, energises you and enthuses you and I think you can see that in the players performances.

“They are excited by that challenge; I am excited by that challenge.”

Although excited, Sarll knows the teams only focus can be on Saturday’s game at Exeter.

“I know that over the next four weeks there is going to be seven games but the conversation next week in the media is so different if we don’t take care of Exeter. Exeter is our world.

“So let’s look at Exeter, let’s make sure we perform at Exeter, let’s make sure we run hard at Exeter. We will deal with Crewe, Leyton Orient etc etc after that.”

Bottom of the table on the 19th November, Exeter have gone on a remarkable run to move themselves up the league and into 6th place.

Sarll spoke about his admiration for the job done by Paul Tisdale.

“I have got massive respect for the man and massive respect for what his teams do. The way they play and how his personalities translate into his team. There is just such a relation between the manager and the football pitch.

“He has had to come through what has been some tough periods this year which only a decade in management can prepare you for.

“Very few managers in the present climate can actually say they have determined the culture and tradition of a football club.”

“This is a tough game but it is an enjoyable game. At least you know you are going for a football match.

“I used the terminology on Tuesday, ‘you have got to dig a trench, hold your line and not move’.

“It is not like that, it is not war when you play Exeter. It is almost like playing a game of chess.”


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