Exeter manager Matt Taylor said his players must take responsibility as the Grecians saw their hopes of making the players suffer a setback with a 3-1 home defeat to struggling Crawley.
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Crawley caused a shock in League Two by winning 3-1 at Exeter, which was a hammer blow to their hopes of making the play-offs for a third successive season.
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has called for one final push against Southampton to edge the club over the Premier League finishing line.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has challenged his side to take a giant step towards Premier League safety by winning away at Newcastle.
Exeter boss Matt Taylor has no fresh selection problems ahead of Friday’s League Two showdown with Crawley.
Exeter manager Matt Taylor felt his side’s superior quality told as they opened up a four-point gap on eighth-placed Carlisle in the race for the play-offs with a 2-0 win over Port Vale.
Exeter got their play-off bid back on track with a comfortable 2-0 win against a poor Port Vale at St James Park.
Exeter have Christy Pym available for their Sky Bet League Two clash with Port Vale on Saturday, after the goalkeeper completed a one-match suspension.
Newcastle defender Florian Lejeune has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Roy Hodgson saluted skipper Luka Milivojevic after watching him fire Crystal Palace to the brink of Premier League safety with his 10th successful penalty of the season at Newcastle.