Thursday, October 25, 2012
Generalism in football indicates that the position of a team in a league table is a true reflection of the ability of that team yet, after last Saturdays home game it almost defies logic that Exeter City still sat in seventh place and in a coveted League Two playoff position.
The stark reality however is that the league table position that City are just hanging on to, hides the recent run of poor performances. The 1-0 home defeat to Chesterfield on Saturday was the Grecians fourth loss in seven league matches on home soil this season.
Even when you take into the balanced views of a mix of fans into account Saturdays performance was pretty dire. In an attempt to revive City fortunes, manager Paul Tisdale rang the changes in the side with Steve Tully and Jordan Moore-Taylor coming in as full backs and Pat Baldwin losing his place to Scot Bennett. The highlights, of the game as little as they were, tell the story; Chesterfield score on 32 minutes with another goal given away with an unchallenged header, manager brings on 3 subs after half time, Chesterfield had chances to increase their lead after the break but fortunately Grecian keeper Artur Krysiak was in top form. Exeter’s first effort on target came after 79 minutes when Guillem Bauza’s long-range effort was tipped over the crossbar, in stoppage time, Coles’ header was cleared off the line and Liam Sercombe then forced another into a super save. Despite the late flurry it was not good and manager Paul Tisdale summed it up: “It wasn’t a good enough performance. It wasn’t a good day for us. I know we need to improve and we’ll try our best to do it.”
On Tuesday there was an away game at Dagenham. With 3 points separating 7th place and 18th place in the table this game was now a must win game if City were not to lose position. Dagenham’s Saturday 3-2 defeat at York ended a five-match unbeaten run in the league, with wins over Bradford and Chesterfield, and they were unbeaten at home since playing Northampton in mid-September.
“With Craig Woodman and Kevin Amankwaah back in the team and no injuries, City started brightly against a team some would say were lesser opposition but nevertheless a direct and physical side. City had chances and it was only in the last 10 minutes before half time that Dagenham came into the game, and from the by-line what looked like a cross,
“City keeper Artur Krysiak comes off his line and the ball ends up in the goal at the near post.! 1-0 to Dagenham and against the run of play with a very bizarre goal which was likely to have been intended as a cross. While this appeared unlucky, City were then very fortunate when Krysiak in injury time brought down Medy Elito on a breakaway attack and gave away a penalty, was yellow carded and the penalty kick was blasted over the City goal. This lucky escape is just what city needed and in fairness were much improved in the second half. Cureton added to his goal tally to make it 1-1 and when Gow replaced for Steve Tully it looked like City could win the game but it ended the draw.
A win would have been ideal and the away point now leaves the Grecians in 11 place, albeit with an improved performance under their belts. On Saturday it’s another away trip to Cheltenham who beat Plymouth 2-1 on Tuesday. Come on you Reds.