Battle of the Rookies - Exeter City vs Cheltenham Town

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So I assume there’s a feel good factor around Cheltenham with Duff becoming the new boss? I expect he will get a reaction from his players so I am anticipating a tight game....We both now have rookie managers in charge, both are club legends so it will be an interesting match up.

We need to carry on our recent good form and think we should do it but I am still wary that we’re not complacent. Cheltenham will be a threat and they have won a couple on the road so far. I wonder if McAlinden will get a chance against us? If he does he will probably score.

Think we will get the three points so will plump for a 2-1 win. Stockley and Sweeney with the goals...
 
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I doubt McAlinden will play, he really hasn't set the World alight. I expect the team to be much the same as the game against Crewe in fairness.

There is a feelgood factor around, but most Cheltenham fans have accepted that this season is firstly about getting away from danger and establishing a base in mid-table. Defensively we're quite sound, but we just don't look like scoring enough goals at the moment.

No-one is expecting anything from Saturday's game, I would snap your hand off for a draw. A decent, battling performance would be seen as a success I would suggest.
 

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I doubt McAlinden will play, he really hasn't set the World alight. I expect the team to be much the same as the game against Crewe in fairness.

There is a feelgood factor around, but most Cheltenham fans have accepted that this season is firstly about getting away from danger and establishing a base in mid-table. Defensively we're quite sound, but we just don't look like scoring enough goals at the moment.

No-one is expecting anything from Saturday's game, I would snap your hand off for a draw. A decent, battling performance would be seen as a success I would suggest.
It’s a shame McAlinden hasn’t done anything yet but perhaps Duff can get him firing (just not on Saturday).

Anything can happen in this league though, look at Crawley winning at Lincoln the other week. I’m not taking this game lightly and if we go into it with a poor attitude then we could easily get stung.
 

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I liked macalinden, always gave it 100%. if he can somehow figure out how to score 10 goals a season he will have a decent career at this level. At the moment hes only good for about 2 though.... :s
 

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Apparently he's picked up a knock.

Everytime I've seen him he looks bereft of confidence. We needed to hit the ground running at the start of the season, and he was dreadful on the opening day against Crawley. He's been struggling to get back into the team since.
 

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Well that was a typical game of two halves! First half we were poor and off the pace. Fair play to Cheltenham who looked decent and created a couple of good chances before scoring a well taken goal.

2nd half we totally dominated and to score so quickly really helped and boy that was a superb strike from Sweeney. As the half went on we kept pressing and I was beginning to think we were going to miss out but two really well worked goals got us the points.

Law and Boateng were amazing second half and so nice to see Forte back on the scoresheet after a lay off.

Definitely optimistic about the season and hopefully we can get more points on the board next week vs Vale.
 

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Sounds like we were decent first half, but the equaliser early in the second knocked the stuffing out of us.

Something to build on though.
You were decent. Broom took his goal really well and you had some really good attacks plus a very strong penalty shout. If you keep that level of performance on a regular basis you will be fine.
 

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