LEE CLARK doesn’t think it will be long before Exeter start climbing the League I table.
His side might have triumphed 4-0 at St James’ Park last week, but Town’s boss believes the basement side are in a false position.
As City prepare to host Rochdale tomorrow, Clark said: “They have some talented footballers and use the ball well. They gave us a test early in the second half.”
Scunthorpe, Town’s hosts on Tuesday, go to MK Dons with on-loan Manchester United keeper Sam Johnstone a doubt with a finger injury.
Regular stopper Josh Lillis, the son of former Town player and youth coach Mark, is already sidelined, so Sam Slocombe is on stand-by.
It’s one of a string of injuries which have troubled Iron boss Alan Knill, who said: “Once we get a complete squad we’ll be in pretty good shape.”
Sixth-placed MK no longer have striker Clinton Morrison to call on after his return to Sheffield Wednesday.
Hillsborough manager Gary Megson, whose side are third, let Morrison go out on loan in the wake of his side’s 5-1 loss at Stevenage last month.
“Clinton’s fine and there was no fall-out,” said Megson.
“MK are just behind us in the table and we’re not in the business of doing favours to other teams.”
Leaders Charlton host Carlisle with boss Chris Powell telling his team to forget their first league defeat of the season, 1-0 at Stevenage, last week.
“We’ve had one great unbeaten run, now we need to go on another,” said the Valley chief.
Fourth-placed Notts County have landed 18-year-old Everton winger Femi Orenuga on loan ahead of the visit of Brentford to Meadow Lane.
Orenuga made his debut for previous club Southend at 15.
Having climbed to fifth with their 4-2 win at Preston two days ago, Sheffield United aim to maintain the momentum when they go to Leyton Orient, who have won three on the bounce since their late fightback clinched a 2-2 draw at Town.