Exeter City come to The Fully Charged New Lawn for the evening kick-off on Tuesday 4th January.
This is Rovers’ second return match of the campaign and so is almost the beginning of the second half of the season. The away fixture at St James’ Park was at the start of September and saw the teams play out a 0-0 draw.
In the FA Cup 1st round Exeter had to replay their game against Bradford City after introducing too many substitutes. They lost away to Cambridge Utd 2-1 in the 2nd round. City had an apology from the officials after the referee wrongly overruled his assistant in allowing Cambridge’s late winning goal. Exeter City manager Matt Taylor said this refereeing error has the potential to cost his club the chance to bring in new players in January.
This FA Cup exit may have caused a hangover for Exeter, who lost their unbeaten home record in their next match – a 2-1 defeat to Northampton on Dec 7th. This was Exeter’s first home loss since being beaten by Cheltenham in March. They followed this, 4 days later, with another defeat, this time at home to Tranmere (1-0). Exeter have more draws than anything else this season (9 draws, 8 wins & 5 defeats).
After suffering just the one loss in their 1st 17 matches (a 3-0 away defeat at Leyton Orient in the 2nd game of the season) Exeter now have suffered 4 defeats in their last 5 league games. But the Grecians are still 8th in the league with 33 points from 22 games. Like Rovers, Exeter’s games on December 18th and on Boxing Day were both postponed. The fixture against Rovers was due to take place on 29th December but was postponed due to positive covid tests in the Exeter camp,