Thursday, August 29, 2013
The Globe Arena home of Morecambe FC was not the place to be as the second half kicked off in City’s fourth league game of the season, writes Gareth Hughes.
Expectations of a good final 45 minutes would have been high, and fans and management confident that after their solid first half display.
City could have pushed on and possibly won the game thus retaining their early unbeaten league record. That was of course until Kevin Ellison, unmarked, and just 10-yards from goal rose to head emphatically past City stopper Artur Krysiak.
The second Morecambe goal came in the 81st minute when Ellison again found the back of the net cleverly lifting the ball over the Krysiak and despite Danny Coles efforts on the goal line secured the three points for the Shrimps with the 2-0 victory.
This defeat following the previous Saturdays superb home performance was a little unexpected and Grecians were perhaps hoping that last year’s fantastic away form was to be repeated this season. Well, first of all Paul Tisdale rang the changes favouring Tommy Doherty to partner Matt Oakley in place of last week’s hero Matt Grimes, and Pat Baldwin who was unavailable due to the pending birth of his first child, was replaced with Scott Bennett. Secondly last year’s statistics record that City won or drew 65 per cent of their games away from home which was indeed a fine record and who knows, as the season beds down it’s possible will see the same again! Paul Tisdale’s thinking around leaving Matt Grimes on the bench is that they are quite a physical team and a clue could be gleaned from Morecambe managers description of the double goal scorer Kevin Ellison: “He really got amongst them and typifies what we’re all about when he’s in that mood. He gets in people’s faces, upsets people and gets the crowd going and even the referee asked me to calm him down!”
After the game Paul Tisdale shared his thoughts.
He said: “I thought we were excellent in the first half and did everything right apart from score. We had a couple of decent chances in the first half and had we taken one of them then things may have been a lot different and altered the complexion of the game. I told the lads at half time that I was happy but then we started the second half in the worst possible way and were a goal down within seconds. My main disappointment is that we finished the game so poorly. We were a goal down and chasing a point but we just didn’t put them under enough pressure. We didn’t pass it well enough and gave away too many fouls and they took advantage with a second goal to seal the game.”
This Saturday the Grecians are home to York City and hopefully will be back to their winning ways. The Minstermen’s efforts to date have earned them four points from the possible 12, with no points away from home. With Exeter City undefeated at home we hope that home form rules, and the mighty reds can turn it on. Come on you Reds!
Next Tuesday (September 3), the Grecians play host to Wycombe Wanderers in the first round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy (7.15pm).
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