‘Sticky patch’ for Exeter City as Bolton draw means it is just one win in seven

Exeter City defender Pierce Sweeney has said that the players are confident that they can bounce back from the sticky patch of form they are in get back towards the top of the table.

The 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night means that the Grecians have only tasted victory once in their last outings – with the same record in their last seven at St James Park.

They have slipped to tenth in the League Two table – although with games in hand – and face the reserve fixture with Harrogate Town on Saturday, who beat City 2-1 when they met last month.

Irishman Sweeney, who returned from a hamstring injury earlier than anticipated for the draw with Bolton, said that the players were not overly concerned about the recent dip in form, but that they just need to get that win and kick-on again.

Pierce Sweeney of Exeter City battles for the ball with Eoin Doyle of Bolton Wanderers during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Bolton Wanderers at St James Park, Exeter on 12 Jan 2021. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK
Pierce Sweeney of Exeter City battles for the ball with Eoin Doyle of Bolton Wanderers during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Bolton Wanderers at St James Park, Exeter on 12 Jan 2021. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK
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“It was not an easy game as Bolton are a strong side and have good players,” Sweeney said. “We fancied ourselves tonight and was a good performance and a good point, but it was frustrating as we know how good we are at home and we had a good few chances in the game.

“If we want to get to where we want to be, we have to be beating teams like that at home, and have to look to win every game at home. It’s what we expect as our home form has been so good.

“We had chances and created the chances, but we have to put the chances away and if we can put it together, we will be right up there. A point is a point but we want three points from Harrogate.”

Ian Evatt, Manager of Bolton Wanderers during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Bolton Wanderers at St James Park, Exeter on 12 Jan 2021. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK
Ian Evatt, Manager of Bolton Wanderers during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Bolton Wanderers at St James Park, Exeter on 12 Jan 2021. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK
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He added: “When they came here, they did a job on us and outcompeted us that day. We’ll be looking to get one back on them, but regardless of that, we are in a position where we have to win our games in hand no matter who we are playing.”

On the recent run of just one win in seven, Sweeney added: “We’re not overly concerned. It’s a league where there are a lot of big clubs and underachieving clubs, and anyone can beat anyone.

“It will click eventually and we going through a sticky patch at the moment which isn’t like us, but when we get that win, we will take more confidence and kick on again. We will go to Harrogate confident and we have to as we need to win.”

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