Grecians working hard in training to get Hartlepool loss out of system
Exeter City striker John O'Flynn says the players have been working hard in training this week in a bid to put a humbling 3-0 home defeat to Hartlepool behind them.
The Grecians face back-to-back away matches in the space of four days when they travel to Scunthorpe United on Saturday and Oxford United the following Tuesday.
And with six points to play for, O'Flynn says it is important they get something out of Saturday's match to banish the memories of last weekend's poor result as quickly as possible.
"We have been working hard on the training ground this week and hopefully we can rectify what we put wrong on Saturday," said O'Flynn. "It is six points to play for in such a short space of time and if we can go into Saturday's game with a bit of impetus and bit of positivity then that could run into Tuesday's game as well.
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"We are hoping on Saturday we can put in a decent performance and hopefully get something out of the game and then we can take that into Tuesday."
O'Flynn only played 25 minutes of Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Hartlepool as he recovers from a hamstring injury he picked up in the lead-up to the Fleetwood Town match last month.
City were 3-0 down when the Cork-born striker came on and he admitted he was surprised by the lack of belief in the side and in the stands.
"There was still 25 minutes left when I came on, but it didn't feel like there was any atmosphere or any belief out there," he said.
"It is disappointing because normally when we are playing towards the Big Bank there is that belief, that bit of gee-up that if we can get one goal back then we can mount a comeback, but it didn't feel like that on Saturday."
O'Flynn admitted the dressing room was a sombre place to be after the match as well, not that there were any harsh words from manager Paul Tisdale.
He said: "We didn't need harsh words because we knew we had let ourselves down – and the fans. The atmosphere was like it was out on the pitch – dead."
O'Flynn is wary, though, that the flat atmosphere doesn't travel with them to Scunthorpe, admitting they have to just forget about last week's poor show altogether.
"That has to be what is in everybody's head, because if we dwell on this then we have got two massive games coming up and they could pass us by without us even realising," he said.
"So in the dressing room we have to put it down as just one of those days and move onto the next."
It is not clear if O'Flynn will start Saturday's game at Scunthorpe, with strike partner Sam Parkin, Alan Gow and Scot Bennett all pushing for the two spots up front. However, if needed he says he is ready.
"The injury is fine," he said. "The plan was for me to play a little bit more against Hartlepool, but as I got stripped to come on they scored their third goal and Tis then had a little think about it.
"I got the last 25 minutes so it was good to get a run out even if it was not a great game to come on in."