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Gill believes City will climb table as confidence builds

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

By Simon Larkins

Exeter City midfielder Matt Gill (right) does not feel the club's winless run is  increasing the pressure on the players  Picture: Phil Mingo/Pinnacle

Exeter City midfielder Matt Gill (right) does not feel the club's winless run is increasing the pressure on the players Picture: Phil Mingo/Pinnacle

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Midfielder Matt Gill insists Exeter City's performances have not been that bad – and believes they will start climbing the League Two table if they can cut out their silly mistakes.

The Grecians, who are not in action this Saturday, have not won any of their past eight senior games and were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw at home to relegation-threatened Bury last time out.

However Gill, who joined the club on loan from Bristol Rovers in late October, and made his first appearance in City's last victory, 4-0 against Scunthorpe United, says there are positives to take from the recent displays.

He pointed to the fact that the side showed great character in coming from behind twice to get a share of the spoils against Bury.

However, he added that they also need to stop giving away silly goals.

"Since I have been here the lads have responded really well to being behind," said the popular 33-year-old, who is in his second spell at the club.

"I think it is important now that we build on that and not have to go behind to respond.

"If we can get out of the traps early in games and take the lead, I can see us going on and winning games, and comfortably.

"It is just the case at the minute that one or two things are going against us and we are conceding.

"It would be quite easy with a few young lads, and even the senior lads, to get their heads down when you go behind twice in a game, but against Bury they didn't. The lads responded really well and that is the positive to take from the game."

Asked if the winless run was starting to get to the players ahead of their next match at Accrington Stanley on December 14, Gill said: "It is something we want to put right, but I wouldn't say it was playing on anyone's mind.

"People talk about the pressure that brings, but we have got an opportunity every week to cope with that pressure and get three points.

"We would have liked that to happen against Bury. That wasn't the case, but we have put in a battling performance and got a point.

"We will keep our heads up and take that into the Accrington game.

"It is a positive dressing room, the lads have played some good stuff since I have been at the club.

"It is just those one or two occasions in games when we concede that set us back in games and performances, but the response the lads are showing from going behind in games is brilliant."

Gill also added that not having a match this Saturday could be a benefit to the side as they look to work on a few defensive aspects of their game ahead of a tough series of fixtures in December.

The Grecians must face high-flying Chesterfield at home either side of trips to Accrington and Cheltenham Town.

"We will be able to do some work that we would not ordinarily be able to do before," said Gill.

"Defending is as a team for me, it is not a certain unit – it is the whole 11.

"So I'm sure Tis is going to nail the whole 11 down on how he wants us to defend and help us to stop conceding.

"Tis has told us we will be in for a lot of training and it needs to be done. It is an opportunity almost, having the spare week.

"I'm sure the lads will get their teeth stuck into that and be ready to go for the Accrington game."

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