Exeter v Scunthorpe preview

Date published: Friday 25th April 2014 11:43

Exeter look set to stick with Tom Nichols when they face Scunthorpe.

The Grecians, who have won just once on home soil since October, know inflicting a first defeat in 29 games on Scunthorpe would secure their League Two status and Nichols is set to start, despite being withdrawn at the break in Monday’s 2-1 loss to Torquay.

Meanwhile, winger David Wheeler will hope to start having put in an impressive display as a substitute in their Devon derby defeat while captain Danny Coles is pushing for a recall.

City sit just two places above the League Two relegation zone having thrown away a 1-0 lead on Monday.

Scunthorpe boss Russ Wilcox is expected to name an unchanged starting line-up as his side look to seal automatic promotion at Exeter.

Wilcox, who has no new selection issues, made only one change for Monday’s home win against Oxford as Michael Collins was recalled in place of teenager Hakeeb Adelakun and the experienced midfielder is likely to retain his place.

Matt Sparrow moved to the left side of midfield with Collins, who had a recent loan spell at AFC Wimbledon, playing in a central role alongside David Syers.

The Iron will be promoted automatically if Fleetwood do not win and could seal the title with victory if both Chesterfield and Rochdale fail to take three points.

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Exeter v Scunthorpe preview

Date published: Friday 16th December 2011 3:50

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale has a fully-fit squad at his disposal.

Striker Guillem Bauza enjoyed his playing return from a hamstring problem in the Grecians’ reserve-team clash with Bristol City on Wednesday and came through 45 minutes unscathed while Daniel Nardiello also completed a stint for the second string after a calf injury and showed no adverse reaction.

Billy Jones is available for Tisdale as well, following his recovery from a broken toe and the Devon outfit have no injury or suspension worries for the first time this season.

Exeter will be looking to bounce back from the 3-0 defeat at Leyton Orient last weekend which ended their six-match unbeaten league run.

Scunthorpe skipper Cliff Byrne will not feature after suffering a recurrence of his long-term groin injury.

Byrne made his first appearance in 11 months in the recent defeat at Notts County but was forced to miss out last week and could require another three weeks on the sidelines.

Midfielder Oliver Norwood sits out the second game of his three-match ban, so Sam Togwell is expected to continue, while manager Alan Knill could be tempted to hand Jimmy Ryan his first start in three months.

Ryan made his comeback from a cruciate knee ligament injury when he stepped off the bench in last week’s home defeat to Carlisle and provides Knill with an extra midfield option.

Manchester United teenager Sam Johnstone is likely to continue in goal after his loan spell was extended for another month this week, with Sam Slocombe on the bench.

Midfielders Michael Collins (Achilles) and Damien Mozika (foot), goalkeeper Josh Lillis (knee) and striker Matt Godden (hip/hernia) remain long-term absentees.

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