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'Win will put us in the mix'

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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EXETER City defender Steve Tully is hoping his side can put themselves right back into the League Two play-off mix on Saturday with a victory over Fleetwood Town.

Tully, who put in an energetic display against AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night to end a run of six games without a win for City, is well aware that Fleetwood will pose a tough task for the Grecians.

They have signed former Scotland captain Barry Ferguson on loan from Blackpool until January and are two points outside the automatic promotion places.

However, Tully says it is important to take points off the sides above them as it represents a good chance for City to claw themselves back into the play-off spots.

"When you play teams in and around you, everyone is taking points off each other," added Tully.

"The more points we can take off the sides above us, the higher up the league we are going to go and we are looking to go as high as possible. It is important that we win these games, especially on Saturday, as that would put us right back in the mix."

The St James's Park outfit currently sit four places outside the play-off spots and, with eight of the 10 sides above them facing away trips on Saturday, a win for the Grecians could see them move significantly up the table.

"That (winning on Saturday) is the one thing we want to do," said Tully. "We have got a good result (against Wimbledon) and we want to push on again on Saturday.

"Hopefully we can get three points and then the table looks completely different after two wins. We want to get back to the training ground, work hard and look forward to Saturday."

City have yet to meet Fleetwood in a competitive fixture, owing to the Cod Army's rapid rise up the league football ladder in the past five seasons.

However, Tully is aware that they come to St James's Park as one of the favourites for promotion this season.

"They have come up and they have done well. They are a good, organised team. They have brought some good players in," he said.

"Looking at their budget, they have just signed Barry Ferguson, who has played in the Premier League and the Scottish Premier League, so at the end of the day they have got a good budget and good players so it is going to be a very tough game for us."

Speaking about City's own promotion chances, Tully added: "It is a long season. As long as we keep picking up points on the way we will do okay, we will be there or thereabouts. "

Tully's thoughts were echoed by manager Paul Tisdale, who was pleased to get the season back up and running against Wimbledon but was quick to shy away from labelling Saturday's game a six-pointer.

"We have just got to build the season again and pick up some points," said Tisdale. "If we do that consistently, it won't be relevant who we are playing.

"Yes, we have to be good against those that are challenging for the play-off places, like us. But we just need to start picking up points and get the wheels turning again.

"Once we do that, then lets talk about six-pointers."

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