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Bauza confident Exeter City will build from back after cutting error count

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 06, 2013

‘We are really happy because we are building the team from the back this year’ – Exeter City’s Guillem Bauza

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Guillem Bauza is happy in the knowledge that Exeter City seem to have eradicated the silly goals they were conceding earlier this season, as it takes the pressure of the front men to score lots of goals.

City have conceded only three goals in the past six games, and two of those have been penalties in the two Devon derby clashes with Torquay United.

The Spaniard, who made his second npower League Two start of the season in last Saturday's goalless stalemate with Aldershot Town, feels it is the ideal foundation on which the Grecians can build.

"We are really happy because we are building the team from the back this year," Bauza said. "Last season, maybe the structure wasn't quite right because we didn't have that many clean-sheets, but I think it is really important that we are building from the back this year.

"Good teams build from the back and, from there, we can work on the rest of the team. It is really good for us as midfielders and strikers to know, if we score a goal, we will be near to winning the game.

"You don't need to score many goals to win a game, you just need one or two and that gives us a lot of confidence."

The Grecians travel to Morecambe on Saturday looking to avenge a 3-0 defeat on the opening day of the season, when some schoolboy defending led to their downfall.

Exeter have come a long way since that game but, while the shock of the defeat is still quite fresh, there will not be an element of revenge when the Grecians run out at the Globe Arena for the first time.

"I think everything from that game is forgotten," Bauza said. "We want to go there and win because we want the three points.

"We will need to look at what we did at the start of the season and what we did wrong and what they did that was the same, because obviously we did something wrong as they won 3-0. We will go there and do the best we can.

"We are playing better away from home and now it is time to forget the two games at home and think about the next game and get the points that we need.

"At the end of the season, we won't be thinking about whether we got the points away or at home, we just want to be in the position of promotion. It doesn't matter where we get the points," Bauza added.

"Now, we have an away game, I think we are playing well away from home and have had some good performances and we need to keep it that way. The statistics are there and we cannot say anything differently."

The Grecians will be chasing a club-record tenth League away win at Morecambe, but perhaps more important is the need for points after two disappointing results in back-to-back home games against Torquay and Aldershot saw Exeter lose ground at the top of the table.

City had a real chance to lay down a marker on all of the promotion rivals, but they managed just a solitary point from a goalless draw with the Shots, while Torquay earned derby bragging rights with a 1-0 win last Monday.

"It is so close and really tough up there and it would be a really great time for us to win a set of games," Bauza added. "If we win three or four in a row, we would give ourselves a bit of a pillow, but ,if we don't, we will be fighting, although we will do that for the rest of the season so that we can be up there.

"I think the rest of the team are ready for it, we want it and I think it will all be good at the end," he added.

Bauza is happy to be playing again after his latest injury setback. "I have worked really hard to be where I am and I am really happy to be able to play for the team, to help Exeter and help my team-mates who have worked so hard during the season to get us to where we are now," the Spaniard said.

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