Exeter City have started the season off strongly and were fighting over top spot just a couple of weeks ago, however two defeats in a row against Cambridge United and Scunthorpe United have seen Exeter tumble down the table to sixth spot.
Exeter fans have rightly been questioning their team’s promotion credentials now, with some fans worried that they won’t now be able to fight for the promotion that their team warrants and deserves after fighting at the top of League Two for the last few seasons now.
First under Paul Tisdale, Exeter seemed likely for a promotion up until the final weeks of the season when they always seemed to fall at the first hurdle, and then under Matt Taylor last campaign Exeter just finished outside the Playoffs after they drew 0-0 with Forest Green Rovers on the final day of the season and finished eighth.
This time around, Exeter will be determined to get back into League One after years out of the third tier of English football but their two defeats to lower opposition lately have seen the worrying begin to kick in amongst the Grecians supporters.
Do Exeter have enough for promotion?
With a blend of young players and experienced pros who have done that, Exeter will still feel that a promotion up a level will be likely but their manager, in terms of management, doesn’t have the experience of fighting for a spot at the right end of the table.
In terms of players, most certainly the inexperienced ones, Exeter players could already be feeling the pressure amongst their backs if they are unable to secure a spot in League One.
Such players like Archie Collins are heading into a new experience where they are yet to challenge for promotion properly in a senior squad and they will have to be led by the senior pros within the Grecians squad, such as left-back Dean Moxey.
Moxey epitomises the professionalism that Taylor brings and his experience at fighting for promotion with teams such as Crystal Palace could stand him in good stead, but his winning attitude and experiences will need to rub off on his team-mates and quickly.
It is yet to be seen whether the Exeter squad and their coaching staff will have the bottle long term to try and sustain their promotion push this season, but if they’re able to grind out the results like they were earlier on in the season, then the Grecians could see themselves getting promotion.