Thursday, April 5, 2012
exeter City not only took a well deserved point from last Saturday against Colchester, but, hopefully, set themselves for a strong run in to the end of the season, writes Gareth Hughes.
Apart from the point this was a good overall team performance supported by some key individuals. Laying the foundations and dictating the play was David Noble the City captain. There were also key performances from Callum McNish, Steve Tully, Alan Gow, Elliot Freer, James Dunn and fans’ favourite Jamie Cureton who was on hand to grab the City goal in the 83rd minute to draw the game at 1-1.
City made a bright start but unfortunately made their quest for the 3 points a lot harder when Colchester scored on the 6th minute. The City defence appeared to allow Colchester to score a very soft goal as a ball was played down the left and the City players backed off to the point where Karl Duigud who was clearly miles onside, trundled forward into the box unchecked, to guide the ball past Krysiak from about 15 yards out to give the visitors a somewhat unlikely and against the run of play lead.
Desperate appeals for offside were quite rightly dismissed out of hand. This was a terrible disappointment, but the positive was that from the whistle, City up to then and throughout the rest of the first half were like the successful City of old, and were passing the ball with a growing confidence.
In fairness though Colchester dominated the first half in so far that they contained the Grecians, and also almost doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time, but the effort was palmed onto the post by Krysiak. Unfortunately the confident passing was not creating enough up front, with attacks were breaking down and with no shots on target and in the first 45 minutes Colchester were in charge.
After half time Paul Tisdale's rang the chances with three substitutes, Elliot Frear, Steve Tully and Jamie Cureton, which added some much-needed pace and width. City were more menacing although they failed to get a shot on target until the 82nd minute. James Dunne and Steve Tully combined well down the right and Cureton glanced a fine header into the corner of the net. To their credit the team gave it a real go in a frantic finale, with Cureton twice off target with good chances to win the game.
City remain one place above the bottom of the table, and the season’s 33 goals scored and 36 players used tells the story to date. There are six games left and 18 points to fight for.
This Saturday it’s an away trip to Scunthorpe and on Bank Holiday Monday it's home to Leyton Orient. I’m sure the bookies’ odds on a City revival and staying up are not good, but where there are games there are points!
Last Saturday City could have won the game and Colchester were nothing special. As has been said before this is a big weekend and City’s luck and fortune have to change. There are signs that with the right mix of the players now available and something could happen. The place to be on Monday is going to be St James Park, supporting Paul Tisdale and his men.
Paul Tisdale commented after the Colchester game: "I liked the way we played, I liked the gumption the players showed, the spirited performance and we played a lot of football. Other than a terrible 10 seconds, when they scored a very, very soft goal, I'm very happy with the way we played.”
Come on you Reds- there is still a chance that we can do this!