Tisdale ponders changes

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Exeter boss Paul Tisdale will again bid to finding a winning formula as they prepare to face Brighton at St James Park.

Despite performing well, City lost 1-0 at Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night.

That followed three changes to the side that started the 4-3 FA Cup defeat at MK Dons.

Striker Adam Stansfield, who had scored in three successive games having each time come on as a second-half substitute, was handed a start in attack.

As expected, right-back Steve Tully returned to the starting XI following his suspension while Richard Logan partnered Stansfield.

Tisdale also opted for a switch in formation, going 5-3-2 and away from his often favoured 4-3-3.

Goalkeeper Paul Jones (knee) is still short of match practice.

Michel Kuipers is in line to return in goal for Brighton.

The former Dutch marine missed the last four games with a groin injury but has resumed training and should replace Graeme Smith, who let in 11 goals in his absence.

Striker Gary Hart has been suffering with a hamstring problem this week but is expected to resume training before Saturday and winger Kevin McLeod has shaken off the knock that kept him out of Tuesday's 2-0 defeat by Charlton.

Defender Colin Hawkins is therefore the only definite injury absentee with his ongoing Achilles problem.

Boss Gus Poyet this week allowed loan duo Arron Davies and Matt Thornhill to return to Nottingham Forest and has also taken former Swindon goalkeeper Peter Brezovan on trial.

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Kevin McLeod
Bristol Rovers
Milton Keynes Dons
Peter Brezovan
Kevin McLeod
Richard Logan
League One
Gary Hart
Paul Tisdale
Swindon Town
Arron Davies
Nottingham Forest
Colin Hawkins
Adam Stansfield
Steve Tully
Paul Jones
FA Cup
Matt Thornhill
Graeme Smith (Footballer)
Michel Kuipers
Charlton Athletic
Brighton & Hove Albion
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