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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: EXETER v CITY

30 November 2021

City are set to make the arduous 280-mile journey to Exeter for the third time this season tonight, to replay their first-round Emirates FA Cup replay at St James Park.

The two sides played out a 1-1 draw just over three weeks ago, when Theo Robinson scored the opener before Sam Nombe levelled late on. 

The replay that never stood was played two weeks ago, with the result declared null and void after the Grecians were afforded six substitutes rather than the allotted five, following an FA investigation. 

We have created a Big Match Preview to give you all the key details you need to know, heading into the encounter. 

TEAM NEWS

City: Andy Cook remains sidelined with a hamstring injury and will be out until Christmas.

Abo Eisa will miss the clash after picking up a hamstring injury in the weekend’s trip to Scunthorpe.

Charles Vernam and Caolan Lavery are also unavailable for the trip to Devonshire after picking up injuries at home to Northampton.

Exeter: Exeter are expected to be without the services of Cameron Dawson, which will open the door for Scott Brown to make his second appearance for the club between the sticks.

WHAT THE MANAGER SAID

Derek Adams: “We are training on the astro-turf after the weekend’s snow, and will travel down on Monday afternoon to prepare. 

“We do not need any extra fuel to win. We played ever so well in the first game and should not really have been taken to a replay with the chances we created. 

“We know each other’s teams and know the different formations we can play in. We are well accustomed to each other.

“We can all see that playing the game at a neutral venue would have been a more fair option. To send us back down to Exeter when we have not done anything wrong is unfair.”

MATCH COVERAGE 

City supporters unable to make the trip to St James Park can follow the action with regular updates on the club’s official Twitter page.

You will also be able to catch updates on other social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram.

Full audio match commentary is available to iFollow Bantams subscribers, while BBC Radio Leeds’ Jamie Raynor and Andy Kiwomya will provide live commentary on DAB radio across the Bradford district, and via the BBC Sounds app.

IFollow subscribers can also catch all the reaction - with post-match interviews and content.

PLEASE NOTE: Supporters are reminded this evening's clash IS NOT available for live streaming, due to it taking place in the Emirates FA Cup. 

LAST TIME OUT

As the result of the replay was wiped from the history books, the two sides last went toe-to-toe competitively just over three weeks ago, with a 1-1 draw taking the tie to a replay.

Theo Robinson netted the opener on his first start in City colours, but a dominant Bantams display was not rewarded as Sam Nombe equalised just five minutes before full-time to set up the return fixture.

CITY: Richard O’Donnell; Oscar Threlkeld, Paudie O’Connor, Niall Canavan (C), Yann Songo’o; Alex Gilliead, Matty Foulds, Charles Vernam (Callum Cooke 68’), Elliot Watt; Theo Robinson (Lee Angol 77’), Levi Sutton (booked 30’). SUBS (not used): Sam Hornby, Fiacre Kelleher, Gareth Evans, Reece Staunton, Finn Cousin-Dawson, Kian Scales. 

GOALS: Theo Robinson (28’). 

EXETER: Cameron Dawson; Jake Caprice (Josh Key 56’), Nigel Atangana (Timothee Dieng 56’), George Ray (Jonathan Grounds 45’, booked 69’), Matt Jay (c); Archie Collins, Sam Nombe, Jevani Brown, Colin Daniel (Owura Edwards 56’, booked 60’); Pierce Sweeney (booked 81’), Alex Hartridge (Jack Sparkes 73’). SUBS (not used): Scott Brown, Kyle Taylor, Harry Kite. 

GOALS: Sam Nombe (85’). 

MATCH OFFICIALS

Charles Breakspear will take charge of the clash at St James Park in what will be his 19th of the season.

Breakspear last took charge of a Bantams game when they clashed with Crawley Town in West Sussex. City left The People’s Pension stadium without any points after a goal in either half for the home side was only followed by a solitary Callum Cooke goal for City. 

This will be the referee's third Emirates FA Cup first-round clash of the season. 

Mark Derrien and Alex James will run the lines, while Scott Jackson will complete the set as Fourth Official.

BACK THE BANTAMS - WITH SKY BET

City supporters can back their team for victory this Tuesday with Sky Bet.

Bantams fans can flutter on Derek Adams’ side to win the tie at 19/10.

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change. Please gamble responsibly. 

KIT COLOURS

The Bantams will don their Hyper Blue third strip for the trip to St James Park, while the hosts will wear their traditional Red and White kit.

Exeter: Red and White Stripes / Red / Red

Bantams: Hyper Blue / Hyper Blue / Hyper Blue

Supporters will be able to PAY ON THE DAY this evening. CLICK HERE for full details. 


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