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29 November 2021

Match Previews


29 November 2021

The Bantams are making their third and (hopefully) final trip of the season to Exeter City this Tuesday, to replay their Emirates FA Cup first-round replay.

Derek Adams' men will make the 280-mile journey to replay their first-round replay, after the Grecians made six substitutes instead of the allotted five, ensuring the result was declared null and void.

Exeter's 20-game unbeaten run across all competitions was ended last Tuesday, as their visit to Colchester United ended 3-1 to the hosts.

Exeter have only conceded once in three games against City this season, with the goal coming from Theo Robinson in the original FA Cup tie.

We have put together an Opposition Guide to give you all the information you need to know about our replay replay opponents.


The Grecians allowed 23 players to leave the club this summer, and replaced them with 14 fresh faces at St James Park.

INCOMINGS: Scott Brown (Port Vale), Cameron Dawson (Sheffield Wednesday, loan), Jonathan Grounds (Swindon Town), Pierce Sweeney (Swindon Town), George Ray (Tranmere Rovers), Callum Rowe (Aston Villa), Timothee Dieng (Southend United), Josh Coley (Maidenhead United), Sam Nombe (MK Dons), Jevani Brown (Colchester United), Colin Daniel (Burton), Owura Edwards (Bristol City, loan), Kyle Taylor (Bournemouth), Padraig Amond (Newport, loan).

OUTGOINGS: Jonny Maxted (Northampton Town), Lewis Ward (Swindon Town), Rory McArdle (Harrogate Town), Will Dean (Truro City), Cheik Diabate (Turo City, loan), Jack Arthur (Biedford AFC, loan), Noah Smerdon (Released), Tom Parkes (Livingston), Lewis Page (Harrogate Town), Louis Morison (Tiverton), Jake Taylor (Stevenage), Joel Randall (Peterborough United), Lewis Wilson (Biedford AFC), Alex Fisher (Released), Nick Ajose (Released), Ryan Bowman (Shrewsbury Town), Nelson Iseguan (Tiverton, loan), James Dodd (Weston-super-Mare, loan), Randell Williams (Hull), Ellis Johnson (Truro City), Jack Veale (Taunton Town), Jordan Dyer (Bath City, loan). 


Sam Nombe

Goal-scorer in the initial fixture, Nombe netted his seventh of the season across all competitions at the Utilita Energy Stadium.

Signed from Sky Bet League One side MK Dons in the summer, Nombe progressed through the Dons academy and made his professional debut in August 2017.

Nombe is the Grecians second-highest goal-scorer this season.

Jevani Brown

Brown joined the Grecians from Colchester United after an impressive 2020/21 season during which he scored 11 goals in his first 16 appearances.

Brown has registered more assists than anyone else this season, creating seven goals.

His ability to play across the frontline keeps him firmly in Matt Taylor’s plans as his versatility allows his manager to make tactical formation changes mid-game.

Josh Key

The infamous sixth substitute that created this tie, Josh Key has earned the second most assists at the club this season - setting up four goals in 20 appearances.

Another product of Exeter’s academy, Key is the starlet of an impressive Grecians side, scoring his first goal for the club at 19.

Exeter’s No.12 joined the club as an under-16 and plies his trade on the right of Matt Taylor’s side, either at right-back or on the wing.


Matt Jay captains the side, having been awarded the armband after a prolific 2020/21 season. Jay has reached double figures already this season with 12 goals to his name.

The Grecians' skipper is a firm fan favourite, due in no small part to his goal-scoring ability and graduation from their academy.

Jay netted twice in extra-time after coming on as one of the six substitutes used by the Grecians in the initial replay.


Matt Taylor was appointed manager at the start of the 2018/19 season, after Paul Tisdale’s departure.

Taylor made over 150 appearances as a defender for the Grecians, helping them achieve back-to-back promotions from the National League to Sky Bet League One.

The 39-year-old once donned the claret and amber of the Bantams - joining the club in 2013, but only making two appearances for the West Yorkshire outfit before joining Cheltenham Town.  


Rochdale 1 (Max Taylor 69’)

Exeter 1 (George Ray 59’)

EXETER: Scott Brown; Josh Key (Jack Sparkes 83’), Pierce Sweeney, George Ray, Alex Hartridge; Jake Caprice, Timothee Dieng, Archie Collins, Matt Jay; Jevani Brown (Padraig Amond 78’), Sam Nombe. SUBS (not used): Harry Lee, Jonathan Grounds, Harry Kite, Owura Edwards, Josh Coley


Meetings: 46

Exeter Wins: 16

Draws: 14

City Wins: 16

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