Visitors hoping for repeat performance

Golden goal: Jermaine Johnson fires home but the Grecians hit back to win in May and hope to match that performance tomorrow
Golden goal: Jermaine Johnson fires home but the Grecians hit back to win in May and hope to match that performance tomorrow

EXETER manager Paul Tisdale admits that Wednesday will start as favourites at Hillsborough tomorrow - with the Grecians no longer League One high-fliers.

Tisdale’s outfit ended the 2010-11 campaign with a final-day 2-1 win at Hillsborough and equalled their best-ever finish in the league pyramid by coming eighth in the third tier.

But with his team now second from bottom, with only one win in nine games, the Exeter boss looks at the challenge of facing ninth-placed Wednesday and their 100 per cent home record by saying: “Their side is packed with good players and, on paper, they should win.

“But we have nothing to lose.

“We have not had a good start and we are not high on confidence but we are going to go there and do our very best.

“We have great memories of last year but that game seems a long time ago now. Things move on quickly.

“We would love to have a performance that could match that, this Saturday. It was a very good day for us last year and we enjoyed it.

“We will hope for something similar this time, but we went into that game off the back of a lot of wins.

“It was the last game of the season and we were really flying high.

“It is a lot different this year and it is a big task for us, so we have got to make the most of the challenge, because things could be a lot worse.”

Wednesday led with a terrific goal by Jermaine Johnson - a solo run and a shot into the far corner at the Leppings Lane end - on that finale in May.

But Exeter, who had also thrashed the Owls 5-1 at home in December, snatched victory with two late goals.

The Grecians have signed 19-year-old winger Jake Taylor on a month’s loan from Reading.

He has made two appearances for the Royals, gained four Wales Under-21 caps since making his debut 16 months ago, and had a spell on loan at League Two side Aldershot this season.

Exeter last week signed striker Matthew Whichelow from Watford for a month.