Michael Flynn says he’s looking to complete a hat-trick tomorrow by toppling the team who currently sit top of the table for the third time this season at Rodney Parade.
Plymouth Argyle and Crewe Alexandra both came to South Wales last month sitting at the summit of the division, but both left with nothing, following 1-0 wins for the Exiles.
And while Flynn admits he’s expecting a very tough challenge at Rodney Parade, he believes the opportunity to close the gap on the Grecians to just two points should act as a big enough incentive for a positive result.
He affirmed: “My focus is fully on Exeter. Every that has happened in the last week has been dealt with – we just need to move on again now to concentrate on what will be a very tough but exciting game.
“They’ve had a fantastic start, scored a few late goals, they’ve ground out results as well so it shows they can do the horrible part of it.
“Fair play to Matt Taylor and Exeter, they’ve had a fantastic start and it’s quite refreshing that if we do beat them tomorrow, we’re only two points behind them. What would that say about our start?”
In terms of injury news ahead of the fixture, Mickey Demetriou continues to work hard on recovering from a broken fibula injury and he’s now out of his protective cast, while Ryan Inniss serves the third of his five-match suspension.
Flynn confirmed: “George Nurse is up for selection. He’s come through it now [a slight ankle knock], trained the other day and providing there’s no setback today, he’ll be up for selection.”
The Exiles head into the game on the back of a mixed week of results having lost their club record unbeaten Football League run at Northampton Town last weekend but responded with a draw at Macclesfield Town in midweek.
Flynn continued: “I find it refreshing that we’re still talking about losing a football match, the first in 18 in a regular season and we’re still on about it a week later.
“We lost the football match because we were poor all over. The only person who can come out of that game with any credit was Josh Sheehan and I said that to the players after the game.
“We were poor, we lost the game and got what we deserved which was no points. We put in a battling performance at Macclesfield and it was quite a good game actually.
“Now we’re at home again and we’ve got another chance to get another three points.”