Exeter boss Matt Taylor could ring the changes when his side welcome Wanderers tonight. 

Taylor questioned the Grecians’ commitment in their 2-0 FA Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and said he had to make “serious decisions going forward”.

The Championship strugglers arrived in Devon amid a coronavirus outbreak within their ranks but they were still able to field a strong team and Taylor saw his side miss the chance to reach the fourth round for the first time since 1981.

“I am really disappointed because it is a missed opportunity,” he said.

“We spoke before the game about what a fantastic opportunity it was for this club and this group of players, but we just didn’t have quite enough.

“We didn’t work as hard as the game went on and we became disappointed with ourselves, disappointed with our mistakes.

“If you don’t want to make mistakes, then play better than we did at times. 

“We played well in patches, but I am disappointed with the nature of the personalities of that group of players as the game went on. 

“We were playing against a Championship team, and getting on each other’s backs, and getting frustrated with their own game and there was no reason to be. 

“We made too many unforced errors and didn’t use the ball well enough.

“They were there for the taking and how many times has our goalkeeper had a shot to save? I don’t think he has and I am sick of saying it. 

“If I am being critical, Lewis (Ward) should have saved the first goal and the two centre-halves were incredibly poor in that first moment by being beaten with a ball over the top.  But that’s where we are at the moment and it is my job to do something about it.

“I’ve got to make some serious decisions going forward.”

Ben Seymour, Nigel Atangana, Nicky Law and Nicky Ajose are in contention to start, but Pierce Sweeney (hamstring) is set to miss out again as Exeter return to league action for the first time since Boxing Day following Covid-19 issues.

Goalkeeper Ward, pictured above, returned from injury after more than two months out in the FA Cup defeat, and is wary of the threat posed by Wanderers despite their inconsistent start.

“You’ve seen teams drop down the leagues and struggle to get back up,” he said.

“Bolton is one of those but we know the club, we know the history there, and it’s going to be a tough game no matter what.

“Hopefully we can be up for the challenge and deal with what they throw at us.”