Vital Football

Latest Exeter City News

Nichols Hoping For Derby Experience

Nichols Hoping For Derby Experience

Striker Tom Nichols is hoping that he can be involved in this weekends match against Bristol Rovers, especially if he starts it will be is sixth start in a row for our first team.

Speaking to the Official Site Nichols says that City haven't had a bad record in derbies so far this campaign and he's hoping that continues, especially as it gives us a chance to get a positive result again following the disappointment against Mansfield Town and given the atmosphere on the day, he feels it'll be the perfect chance to get back to winning ways for the team.

'We lost last time out against Mansfield, we need to get back to winning games but we're not playing badly at all. It'll turn around and we'll start winning again.'

On a personal level, a start this weekend would be his sixth straight start for the first team, and now more than ever he feels he's really ready to keep making his mark in the first team.

'I'm delighted to be back involved, it's been brilliant. I feel like I'm ready now too. Looking back now to when I first played, I wonder whether I was mentally mature enough - I don't think I was. I feel like I'm a completely different player now, both mentally and physically.'

The youngster goes on to say that his previous experiences in and around the first team did teach him a lot, especially as he now looks back thinking he wasn't ready, and without those experiences he wouldn't be the player he is now because it gave him time to think, focus, and challenge himself knowing what the gulf was for him so he's learnt a hell of a lot over the past few years, and ultimately with young players that is why you give them the taste isn't it.

They do well in some moments, they are out of their depth at others. The ones who make it, use it as a learning curve, get back on the training pitch and in the youth squads/U21s determined that next time they get a chance they'll be better, so fair play to Tom for doing just that and letting the taste spur him on for improvement.

It's gone midnight now, so in a few short hours Nichols will also find out whether he just received a nomination for League 2 Player of the Month or whether he won it.

He's obviously delighted to be recognised like that for his performances last month, but he insists his only focus is on preparing for the weekend because one nomination doesn't mean he's made it, nor does it mean he can stop working hard and trying to improve.

He does joke however that if he doesn't win it this time round, he'll win it for January instead!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Site Staff
Date:Friday January 10 2014
Time: 12:42AM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Exeter City Articles

New EFL Radio Deal Starts 2017/18

The Football League confirmed yesterday that a new three year deal with Talksport and the BBC had been signed to increase radio broadcast coverage from next season.

League Two Play Off Final Details (2016/17)

Details for the League Two Play Off Final at Wembley Stadium between Blackpool and Exeter City have now been confirmed.

Referee Selected For League Two Play Off Final

The Football League have now confirmed that referee Darren England will take charge of the League Two Play Off Final between Blackpool and Exeter City.

FA Boosts Cheating Powers for 2017/18

The Football Association announced earlier today that they have extended their powers when it comes to punishing retrospective simulation.

Archived Vital Grecians Articles

Vital Grecians articles from

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Grecians
Write For Vital Grecians
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Cambridge v Exeter
Suggested By:
Exeter win69%
Cambridge win26%
Draw5%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Portsmouth 46 26 9 11 87 39
P Plymouth 46 26 9 11 87 25
P Doncaster 46 25 10 11 85 30
4 Luton 46 20 17 9 77 27
5 Exeter 46 21 8 17 71 19
6 Carlisle 46 18 17 11 71 1
7 Blackpool 46 18 16 12 70 23
8 Colchester 46 19 12 15 69 10
9 Wycombe 46 19 12 15 69 5
10 Stevenage 46 20 7 19 67 4
11 Cambridge 46 19 9 18 66 8
12 Mansfield 46 17 15 14 66 4
13 Accrington 46 17 14 15 65 3
14 Grimsby 46 17 11 18 62 -4
15 Barnet 46 14 15 17 57 -7
16 Notts County 46 16 8 22 56 -22
17 Crewe 46 14 13 19 55 -9
18 Morecambe 46 14 10 22 52 -20
19 Crawley 46 13 12 21 51 -18
20 Yeovil 46 11 17 18 50 -15
21 Cheltenham 46 12 14 20 50 -20
22 Newport 46 12 12 22 48 -22
R Hartlepool 46 11 13 22 46 -21
R Leyton Orient 46 10 6 30 36 -40
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Exeter City Results (view all)

Exeter City Fixtures (view all)

The Vital Football Members League