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Grecians playmaker Ryan Harley says he's in top form

By This is Devon  |  Posted: September 03, 2010

Grecians playmaker Ryan Harley says he's in top form
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PLAYMAKER Ryan Harley believes he is in the best form of his career to date.

The midfielder has started the 2010/11 campaign in blistering form, scoring four goals in the club's first five games, including an excellent free-kick in the 3-1 Johnstone's Paint Trophy win over Yeovil Town on Tuesday night.

And Harley hopes there are even better things to come, starting with tomorrow's npower League One clash with Charlton Athletic at St James's Park.

He said: "I would say that I'm in the best form since I joined Exeter and hopefully it will continue.

"I chipped in with 10 goals last season, but my fourth goal last year was against Leeds in the middle of the season.

"This time I have got four for the season already. I usually set myself a target of 10 goals for a season, but I have four already so hopefully I will be able to go beyond that.

"But to be honest I just look to score as many goals as I can — I look to score in every game."

Harley's goalscoring prowess has epitomised City's potency in front of goal so far this season.

Paul Tisdale's men have struck two or more goals in four of their five outings so far and Harley admitted he has been pleased with the ruthlessness he and the rest of the City team have shown in front of goal so far this term.

"I think everyone realises how we are a lot better going forward this year," Harley said.

"We just seem to be more effective going forward. I don't know why, it's hard to put a finger on it, but hopefully we will just keep on getting better and better and better."

Victory at Huish Park helped Harley and his teammates to get over last Saturday's disappointing 3-0 defeat to Leyton Orient.

Harley compared that loss to City's 4-0 reversal at Huddersfield Town last season, where Tisdale's side failed to show what they were made of. He hopes the Grecians do not suffer any more defeats of that nature this season.

The 25-year-old said: "It was good we had a game on Tuesday to get last Saturday out of our system straight away. We needed a performance and we can move forward now.

"The game at Huddersfield last year was the only game where we suffered a really bad defeat and hopefully the Leyton Orient game will be the only really bad defeat we will have this year.

"You hope you don't get any defeats like that, but it can happen to anyone and we are just looking forward now."

Harley says he is unsure whether Charlton will emerge as serious promotion contenders this season.

But he is confident that plenty of City fans will want to see the hosts take on their former Premier League opponents.

Harley said: "We always seem to do better against the bigger sides in the league — you don't need to get up for it and there will always be a bigger crowd for games like this one.

"Charlton are a big club who were in the Premiership for years so we are looking forward to it and hope we will get a performance. It will be a big scalp for us if we get a result."

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