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REACTION: MARCUS STEWART POST EXETER CITY

7 September 2016

Marcus Stewart was in charge of our reserve side for the game against Exeter and after watching his side dominate first half possession only to  go in at half time a goal down, he had this to say after the game.

"That's the way the game goes at times; you can have all the possession and chances in the world but sometimes you don't get the goals you deserve, which is what happened to us in the first half.

" Exeter went up and scored with their first shot on target so at half time my team talk was easy. I simply told the lads to keep doing what they did in the first half, wear down the opposition, and said that if they did that then they would continue tom get their chances.

"As it turned out, we scored twice and could have had three or four more had it not been for their keeper. Overall, I thought we thoroughly deserved the win."

Marcus revealed that the starting lineup for the game was altered following Monday's training session.

"We had selected the team but three players who weren't starting, namely Cristian Montano, Billy Bodin and Rory Gaffney, asked if they could play in this game because they felt they needed minutes under their belts.

"I think that's a fantastic mentality for any player to have; it's very rare that players ask to play in a reserve team game so I admire those three who went out and showed great attitude and effort during the game.

"Of course that meant that some of the younger players were denied a starting place, but we did use some of them from the bench because we knew that Lee Mansell and Byron Moore would only get an hour as they haven't played since pre-season.

"We have a big squad but we do treat them with respect and they are a good group and they know what they need in order to be prepared for a first team game."

Whilst it was good to see Billy Bodin net twice, Rory Gaffney didn't get on the scoresheet even though he went close on a couple of occasions.

As a former striker himself, Marcus appreciates the need for goals, but said; "strikers go through phases but Rory will come through. He's a team player and what he doesn't give us in goals he gives us in effort as far as I am concerned."

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