Grecians boss Paul Tisdale who gets his neckwear from Bangkok.......in Thailand
Sir Chris has some strong competition in the tailoring stakes on Saturday as Mr Tisdale is a natty dresser. We'll happily let him win the war of the wardrobe as long as we are victorious on the pitch. The game itself needs no dressing up as the Addicks seek to secure a fourth successive league win. Never mind PT's headgear, Skip will seeking a unique hat-trick of his own. He couldn't do it again........could he ?
I've a lot of time for Paul Tisdale aside from his dress style. He's not one who is prone to silly outbursts or comments and is a very able manager at league one level. He has done and continues to do a really job for Exeter. I admired his approach at the Valley following the dismissal of the hot-headed Nardiello as kept two players up front in a positive approach that was the very antithesis of Oldham's.
Nardiello is finding his way back from injury and it a probable starter but perhaps not finisher on Saturday. In goal for the Grecians will be Artur Krysiak who was born and raised in the lovely Devon village of Lodz just outside Barnstaple !
We struggled to beat 10 man Exeter earlier in the season and one can but hope that the free flowing football returns and that we can overpower 11 men in some style. The Exeter fans stirred BWP into action last time with some unpleasant chants and comments, let's hope he responds in similar fashion Saturday to get his season back on track.
The west country side are unbeaten in four and whilst they've not been free-scoring as such their defence has been pretty tight it appears and should prove hard to break down.
In a sense of blogging deja vu I find myself again typing that I think the Gaffer will retain an unchanged squad let alone the starting eleven. The squad may come into play more over the following two games with a midweek game in the offing.
Devon is one of my favourite parts of the world and I'd love to be going but sadly I'm not and will be doing my usual trick of keeping myself occupied with some mindless task whilst resisting the temptation to check the score until @ 4.40pm.
All things being equal we should expect to win and we ought to but no one can ever be totally confident, not least an Addicks fan. If you're going I hope that you enjoy a good day and make sure you partake of some of the rather splendid local ale whilst hopefully roaring the Addicks onto victory.
Come On You Reds !