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John O'Flynn pleased to step up during Cureton ban

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 03, 2013

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JOHN O'Flynn says he is more than happy to take on the extra responsibility of bagging the goals needed to propel Exeter City back into the play-off places as Jamie Cureton faces a ban.

Cureton received a straight red card for kicking out at Wycombe Wanderers defender Anthony Stewart on New Year's Day.

While City went on to win the match 1-0, the victory was clouded by the fact manager Paul Tisdale is set to lose his star striker for three games, with the Football Association's ban for violent conduct due to start this weekend as the Grecians travel to York City.

Cureton has scored 10 goals away from home this season, helping the club to notable victories over Bradford City, Gillingham and Rochdale.

However, O'Flynn – who scored the winning goal against Wycombe on Tuesday – says he is more than capable of filling in during his teammate's absence.

"I will definitely have to play a different role," said O'Flynn, who has now bagged nine goals this season.

"Normally when I play in the same team as Jamie I play off him and around him. Now I will have to play his role, but when I'm ready and fit and playing I can score goals. It is a bit of extra weight on my shoulders, but I will take it gleefully."

O'Flynn added that other players are also capable of chipping in by getting their name on the scoresheet.

"We have got some good players in the team," he said. "Jimmy (Keohane) has come in and done really well. We have just got to regroup, be together as a team and try and do as best we can."

The goal at Adams Park was credited in some circles to home defender Kortney Hause.

However, O'Flynn admitted he would be claiming the goal himself after his effort was not held by keeper Jordan Archer.

"I will definitely be claiming it," he said. "I did a bit of movement and I know Alan (Gow) can create a chance. He has scooped the ball in and it was on my left foot and then I just tried to get a good contact.

"I got that and the keeper saved it, but it squirmed under him and it looked like it was spinning in before their defender knocked it in."

The 1-0 victory over Wycombe saw City end a run of three games without a win, which stretched back to the beginning of December.

The result left the Grecians just two points off the play-off places in League Two. However, having also gone the majority of October without recording a win, O'Flynn is well aware City can't afford to have another bad month in 2013 as they look to get back into the automatic promotion places.

"We don't need another blip," he said. "We have been doing very well away from home and it is another away game on Saturday (at York).

"We are going in with a bit of confidence. We had a good first half against Barnet (last Saturday) and we tried to take those positives into the Wycombe game.

"We were disappointed that they had scored a 97th-minute equaliser, but it was either everyone be annoyed about it or you take the positives.

"It wasn't pretty against Wycombe, but we will take the three points all day long. We are definitely on the up and we are doing well away from home so hopefully we can do well again on Saturday."

Exeter City's Devon derby with Torquay United at Plainmoor has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 15, with an 8pm kick-off.

The original game planned for December 22 was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

All tickets for the original date will be valid for the rearranged fixture.

Any City supporters unable to attend on the new date can return their tickets to reception at St James's Park and will receive a full refund. These tickets will then be re-sold.

Plymouth Argyle sacked manager Carl Fletcher following their 2-1 home defeat against Bristol Rovers on New Year's Day.

Fletcher had been in charge at Argyle for 16 months, but a poor run of just one win in 10 games has left the club two points above the relegation zone.

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