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Exeter boss Paul Tisdale lauds the quality of his goalscoring quartet

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 14, 2012

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Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says he is not surprised by the promising start his strikers have made to the new season.

Where last year the Grecians struggled for goals and a cutting edge, the first few games of this term have seen City cut through opponents at will, racking up 12 goals in five league games.

There are doubts over the fitness of Alan Gow (thigh) and Jamie Cureton (hamstring) heading into tomorrow's hotly-anticipated home game against York City.

But even if that duo, who have quickly formed an impressive understanding, do not make it Tisdale has plenty of faith in the likes of John O'Flynn and Guillem Bauza.

"The strikers have been the icing on the cake for us so far," Tisdale said. "We have got real firepower at the moment.

"We have got four very good first-team strikers and a band of young players behind them.

"There is a good bunch there, it is the best group of strikers I have had at the club and that bodes well, but they have been given a platform to finish the job by the rest of the team.

"If you have that and you have good players who can score goals, you have always got a chance of winning games."

Of the two doubts, Cureton appears the more likely to feature against York.

Gow missed last weekend's thrilling 4-2 win over Oxford United with a thigh strain sustained in the previous week's Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat to Aldershot Town and is expected to be out of action for a further ten days.

Meanwhile, Cureton was substituted in the second half of the U's encounter, having put the Grecians on the road to victory with a fine brace.

Tisdale said: "I hope it was cramp and won't keep him [Cureton] out, but there is a chance it could be a slight hamstring injury.

"We had a very satisfying day at Oxford but it pays to be quite level-headed every week. We will approach training in the same way and I certainly won't be easy on the players or allow them to be too comfortable – we have got some important home games coming up."

This weekend's opponents have also been in top form in front of goal this term, finding the net 11 times in five games.

The Minstermen are unbeaten in the league since an opening-day defeat to Wycombe Wanderers – their only defeat in their last 16 league outings.

So confidence will be high among the visitors, who could include former Grecians fans' favourite Jon Challinor.

An effective attacking midfielder in his time with City, Challinor spends more time playing at right-back for York.

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