Cheick Diabate said that Exeter City would be treating their Bristol Street Motors Trophy clash with Swindon Town like a "league match.”

Swindon and Exeter will round off their BSM Trophy campaigns on Tuesday at the County Ground as, having both failed to win their opening two group matches, the sides have already been eliminated from the competition.

Town have one point after drawing their first group game against Arsenal under-21s and losing on penalties before a 5-0 defeat away to Reading in their second group match confirmed that they would not make the knock-out stages.

The Grecians have let in 14 goals without reply in their two games so far, losing 9-0 to Reading in their opening match and then letting in five more goals against Arsenal under-21s.

Despite nothing riding on the game, Diabate said that Exeter would be looking to get the win to help find some momentum having not won for ten matches across all competitions.

Speaking to club media, he said: “It might not be a league game, but it is another opportunity to get a win and to get back on track.

“I feel like if we do win, we will have that momentum, the morale [of the squad] will be a bit better, and maybe we could gain some confidence from that.

“I think it is important that we go there tomorrow and see it as a league game because we are in bad form so if we win tomorrow that could be the catalyst.

“We have a couple of players coming back from injury and not having a game [last Saturday] means we can play a strong side because everyone needs minutes.

“We will play a strong side and hopefully get the win.”

Diabate said that finding a way to restore the players’ confidence was key for the Grecians for their league season and would be hoping to find their feet at the County Ground.

He said: “I think naturally when you are losing games you lose a bit of confidence and it has been 10 games now, so that is really hard to turn around.

“We showed at the start of the season how good we are, so I feel like all we need to do is get one or two wins and that can change everything.

“Tuesday is a great opportunity for us to win a game and that can change the confidence in the group.”