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Exeter's Big Day

Wednesday 24th August 2011
As Exeter City prepare for one of the biggest games in their recent history, they will be delighted to see three premiership clubs have already been dispatched from this years Carling Cup, and the fan owned Devon club will be looking to add another to the list when they face Liverpool this evening.

As far as big games go, Exeter have had their fair share in recent years. Two trips to Wembley, home wins against Leeds and arch rivals Plymouth, a last day survival win against Huddersfield and dramatic playoff semi's against Oxford and Torquay. In all but one of these so called 'big' games the Grecians emerged victorious meaning Paul Tisdales team should not be underestimated in tonight clash.

Exeter have struggled early on this term, with their only win coming in the first round of tonight's competition and only one point from their four league games. With the departure of key players in the summer, most notably, Ryan Harley and Jamie Cureton, Tisdale has turned to youth instead of buying-in and although it hasn't paid off just yet with the squad ravaged by injury, a win tonight in front of a packed St James Park could be what is needed to set 'The City' on their way

Liverpool on the other may finally be turning into the tittle contenders they have claimed to be for the last five years. Suarez is looking likely to light up the Premiership this season with two goals in two games, and although unlikely to feature too many 'stars' tonight Liverpool have one of their strongest squads in years. They made Arsenal's youngsters look just that at the weekend, young and inexperienced, and without the Steven Gerrard.

Despite the fact many of the big names are unlikely to feature its still the first competitive game between Exeter and a Premiership team in six years (Man Utd being the last in the FA Cup), and interest in this fixture has been massive, resulting in hundreds of new memberships and a sell out crowd for a club which is owned by the supporters and needs all the income it can possibly get.

Even if the result doesn't go their way on the pitch, the money generated will mean they have won off it, and the youngsters of Exeter will get their day in the spotlight and hopefully set them on their way to yet another great season.
Jack Wakeley

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