The Silkmen are back at the Moss Rose this afternoon as we welcome high-flying Exeter City in Sky Bet League Two action.
The Grecians can go joint top with a victory this afternoon; but Mark Kennedy and his side will be eager to bounce back from Tuesday’s disappointment.
Last Time Out
Harry Smith's late goal saw us come back from behind to take all three points in dramatic fashion in this fixture last season.
Exeter surrendered the lead on two occasions before Smith's winner in a pivitol match which saw us escape the relegation places.
The reverse fixture this season came on the opening day, as a late Nicky Law strike deflected off Ryan Bowman and past Owen Evans to condemn the Silkmen to a late defeat.
Exeter have demonstrated their promotion credentials in recent weeks, winning two of their three games this month, scoring eight goals in the process.
Their last defeat came away at league leaders Swindon Town at the start of the month, with Hallam Hope’s goal in first half stoppage time proving to be the difference between the sides.
Despite their good form, away games have proved difficult for the Grecians of late, with their last two ending in defeat – the other being a 3-1 reverse at Vale Park.
Ones to Watch
Ryan Bowman has found the net on ten occasions in the league so far and stopping him will go a long way towards keeping Exeter at bay this afternoon.
Randell Williams has been the Grecians chief creative threat this campaign, with the former Crystal Palace and Watford youngster providing ten assists as well as contributing four goals since his move from the latter last summer.
Nicky Law has arguably been their most important player this season, with the former Rangers midfielder providing seven goals and seven assists in his 26 league outings so far this season; although he is an injury doubt for this afternoon as he recovers from a possible concussion sustained last weekend.
Welcome to Moss Rose!
This afternoon’s match could see recent signings Shilow Tracey, Donovan Wilson and Ben Tollitt make their home debuts.
We hope you will join us in welcoming them to the Moss Rose this afternoon!
View from The Dugouts
Mark Kennedy spoke about the need to bounce back from Tuesday's disappiontment as he checked in with Silkmen TV to preview this afternoon’s game; you can watch his full pre-match interview below:
Meanwhile, opposition manager Matt Taylor had this to say ahead of the game:
“Location wise we know we’ve always got a long way to travel.
"We’ve got two good wins behind us, hopefully our fans can travel, they’ve got to be careful because of the weather and hopefully that doesn’t affect the traffic that much.
“It will be a difficult game; they’ve had a lot of tight results and there’s a few players that we’ve got to be aware of. But we’ve got to go there and back ourselves.”
For more pre match content, you can read about players who have represented both clubs, take a look back at the complete history of Exeter’s visits to the Moss Rose, or familiarise yourself with this afternoon’s match officials by clicking the relevant link.