After six straight home wins in the league, Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Carlisle has extended City’s winless run at home to three matches ahead of a rescheduled home fixture on Tuesday night. Just as it was looking like Paul Tisdale would have most of his squad to choose from both skipper Jordan Moore-Taylor and Lee Holmes limped out of Saturday’s match, while Tisdale may need to reshuffle his pack elsewhere as heavy conditions meant some weary legs ahead of a busy schedule. One other player definitely not available is Kane Wilson, serving the second match of his suspension following his red card at Grimsby.
Yeovil remain firmly in the relegation mix going into their short trip to Devon, and the Glovers go into Tuesday night’s match on the back of four straight defeats in all competitions following their 0-2 home reverse against Newport on Saturday. One key player missing currently is former City keeper Artur Krysiak, who hasn’t played since being replaced during Yeovil’s 0-0 draw at Crewe just over a month ago. At the other end, Darren Way’s side has managed just one goal in those four defeats, although with 12-goal top scorer Francois Zoko back in the side having missed a couple of matches they should be back in the goals again before too long.
City visited Yeovil before Christmas during their wretched run of away form and lost 3-1 (the same scoreline they beat City by in the EFL Trophy this season) – Gray and Zoko scored either side of half time, Jayden Stockley pulled one back late on but a penalty from Sam Surridge sealed the points. Yeovil’s visit to the Park last season however will live long in the memory. Yeovil were cruising to victory leading 3-0 through goals from Zoko, Harrison and Lacey, but with 88 minutes on the clock, David Wheeler pulled one back, then in injury time Troy Brown and Reuben Reid rescued an unlikely point. The league head to head is level with three wins apiece, but Pools players might put an X in this box as there have been five draws.
The match officials for tonight’s game are:
Referee: Keith Stroud
Assistant Referees: Mark Pottage and Daniel Leach
Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable
Keith Stroud has been a regular at St James Park, and first refereed an Exeter City game back in 2004. In all he’s reffed 11 Exeter games – details can be found at http://www.grecians.co.uk/wordpress/?s=stroud
Head to head details can be found at http://www.grecians.co.uk/wordpress/?p=9070