Monday, October 28, 2013
A sucker-punch late goal in the home game last Saturday resulted in the Grecians missing out on the opportunity of going top of League Two, and the 1-0 defeat sent them to fifth place, writes Gareth Thomas.
For visitors Burton Albion it was the third win on the trot, whilst for City it was the undoing of the last two great away results at Scunthorpe and Oxford was the 2nd home defeat in succession.
The positives however are that City are still only two points away from the top of the League and we have played every team in the top 12.
On balance Burton probably edged the first half although both teams had chances. Exeter had the best of those when Alan Gow put John O’Flynn through on goal, but his finish was poor and straight at Jordan Pickford. Manager Paul Tisdale commented: “Yes, their goalkeeper did make some good saves but we should have done better. We should have rounded the ‘keeper in the first half – it was a great opportunity as he went down early”.
At the start of the second period an usually out of sorts Sam Parkin was replaced by David Wheeler and City began to play with more fluidity and stepped up a gear. Alan Gow also with a one on one with the keeper should certainly have scored half way through the second half as he had more time than for O’Flynn’s chance.
As the clock ran down Burton who looked content to settle for the point won their 14th corner of the game, and for City, it proved one corner too many to concede. With just a minute of normal time remaining, the Danny Coles cleared the ball out for an unnecessary corner when there was little pressure on him. The resulting corner kick was probably the best of the rest and their fullback Edwards rose at the near post to head the winner.
Manager Pail Tisdale summed up the game, saying: “We played really well, but we lost the game. If we’re going to be successful we won’t lose games like that, and especially to that type of corner where we gave the ball away under no pressure. We have to recognise it, feel the moment and feel the danger, whatever that might be. It was an absolute giveaway.”
Other news this week is that the Grecians have been drawn against Peterborough United in the FA Cup first round. There has distinct lack of cup runs in recent seasons and City fans will be disappointed with such a tough draw. Peterborough were relegated from the Championship last season and are currently third in League One. The match at London Road will be played on the weekend of Saturday, November 9.
This Saturday, City are again on their travels to Fratton Park home of Portsmouth FC. A former premier club, Portsmouth were relegated to the Championship in 2010. In 2012 they were again relegated, to League One, and again, in 2013, to League Two. Having suffered financial problems they are now fully owned by Pompey Supporters’ Trust, the biggest fan-owned club in English football history.
They currently sit in 16th place in the table having won their last two games at home which includes defeating high flying Rochdale 3-0 at the beginning of October. Come on you Reds!
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