Tonight (Tuesday 12th August) is the first round of the Capital One Cup for the 2014/15 season. Championship side Bournemouth will be visiting St James Park and there is a 7.45pm kick off.
Bournemouth got off to a flyer in their opener of the season, winning 4-0 against Huddersfield at the Galpharm. Goals coming from Marc Pugh, Callum Wilson 2, and Yann Kermorgant, and cost the Huddersfield boss, Mark Robins, his job.
By contrast Exeter City, having been hit by a virus, had manager Paul Tisdale named on the bench, and a number of under the weather players on the pitch, earned a credible 1-1 draw with promotion favourites Portsmouth.
Exeter City should have a more healthy team available for this evening, but Jordan Moore-Taylor will be out for a few more weeks, and Christian Ribeiro and Graham Cummins still unable to be signed due to the transfer embargo. Bournemouth are likely to rest a few of their first team players in anticipation of the visit of newly promoted Brentford to the Fitness First Stadium.
Neither team have had much success in this competition, though Bournemouth did get to the dizzying height of the 3rd round in 2004 before losing to Cardiff City on penalties. Exeter’s successes came in 2011 (over Yeovil Town) and in 1993 winning 2-1 on aggregate over 2 legs against Walsall.
Exeter’s recent record is:-
|Capital One Cup||Tues 6 Aug 2013||Exeter||0 – 2||QPR|
|Capital One Cup||Tues 14 Aug 2012||Exeter||1 – 2||C Palace|
|Carling Cup||Tues 9 Aug 2011||Exeter||2 – 0||Yeovil|
|Carling Cup 2nd round||Wed 24 Aug 2011||Exeter||1 – 3||Liverpool|
|Carling Cup||Tues 10 Aug 2010||Exeter||2 – 3||Ipswich|
|Carling Cup||Tues 11 Aug 2009||Exeter||0 – 5||QPR|
|Carling Cup||Tues 12 Aug 2008||Exeter||1 – 3||Southampton|
|League Cup||Wed 11 Sep 2002||Brighton||2 – 1||Exeter|
|League Cup||Tues 21 Aug 2001||Exeter||0 – 1||Walsall|
|League Cup||Tues 22 Aug 2000||Swindon||1 – 1||Exeter|
|League Cup||Tues 5 Sep 2000||Exeter||1 – 2||Swindon|
|League Cup||Tues 10 Aug 1999||Birmingham||3 – 0||Exeter|
|League Cup||Tues 11 Aug 1998||Exeter||1 – 1||Ipswich|
|League Cup||Tues 18 Aug 1998||Ipswich||5 – 1||Exeter|
|League Cup||Tues 12 Aug 1997||Walsall||2 – 0||Exeter|
|League Cup||Tues 20 Aug 1996||Exeter||0 – 4||Barnet|
|League Cup 1st leg||Tues 15 Aug 1995||Torquay||0 – 0||Exeter|
|League Cup 2nd leg||Wed 23 Aug 1995||Exeter||1 – 1||Torquay (Torquay won on away goals)|
|League Cup 1st leg||Wed 17 Aug 1994||Exeter||2 – 2||Swansea|
|League Cup 2nd leg||Tues 23 Aug 1994||Swansea||2 – 0||Exeter (Swansea win 4-2 on agg)|
|League Cup 1st leg||Tues 17 Aug 1993||Walsall||0 – 0||Exeter|
|League Cup 2nd leg||Wed 25 Aug 1993||Exeter||2 – 1||Walsall (Exeter win 2-1 on agg)|
|League Cup 2nd round||Wed 22 Sep 1993||Exeter||1 – 3||Derby|
David Wheeler speaking ahead of tonight’s game:-
It is slightly different this time in that Bournemouth are certainly expected to win, but we gave QPR a good game last year at this stage and their first goal was very fortunate. It might come down to a couple of things early on. As long as we can stay in the game, the more agitated they are likely to get to win the game in normal time.
All of the guys that have been ill, including myself, are pretty much right again now. The squad is looking in much better shape than it was only a few days ago – things are getting back to how they should be.