A midweek fixture follows on from our exciting finish against Portsmouth. Will this fixture bring as much excitement?
Date: Wednesday 14th September 2016
Opponents: Leeds United (15th)
Venue: St James Park
Odds: Exeter City=13/8, Draw=2/1, Leeds United=6/4
Weather: Gusty, 9C
Referee: Mr. Paul Hutton
I make one change from our last outing and it’s an enforced one, with Gennaro Riccardi out with a bruised rib; Scott Malone replaces him. Leeds start well, with Snodgrass hitting the post in the first minute and Jonathan Bond claims the rebound. Two minutes later, Movsisyvan crosses from the right. There’s no immediate danger, but the cross hits a defender and is diverted goalwards. Bond gets across to save, but cannot prevent Lester pouncing on the rebound and scoring from 2 yards. An incredibly exciting finish to our last match and now we have an early goal in this one, but not the way we would want. Five minutes later, O’Toole finds our net, but thankfully it’s the side-netting. It seems as though we haven’t recovered from our great escape last time out. Little else happens in the first half, but Jagos Vukovic does pick up a booking on the stroke of half time.
I’ve been less than impressed with the team and make that very clear with an aggressive half time team talk. Hopefully they’ll buck their ideas up. A minute after half time, Michel creates our first notable chance of the game with a pass to Federico Cenci. He’s only gone and done better than creating a chance – he’s created a goal! Cenci hits a powerful shot from 18 yards to level the score. It’s his fourth of the season. All down to the manager and the half time team talk of course!!!! Four minutes later, Cenci shoots from a similar position, but this time his effort is just wide. Movsisyvan runs clear of our defence in the 68th minute and has a great chance to put Leeds back in the lead, but loses all composure and blasts over from 18 yards with only Bond to beat. I introduce Will Keane into the action in the 71st minute and he picks up a knock six minutes later after being fouled by Jemal, who picks up a booking from Mr. Hutton. Gosling joins his team mate in the book four minutes later after a foul on Dacian Varga. Five minutes before time, Bradley Johnson shoots from 30 yards, beating the keeper. The net ripples! He’s sco… nope, side netting and the game fizzles out.
Result: Exeter City 1-1 Leeds United
Man of the Match: Lester
Ratings: GK-Bond (6.9); DR-Rentea (6.9); DCR-Karlsen (6.6); DCL-Vukovic (6.9, booked); DL-Malone (6.6); MCR-Matip (6.9); MCL-Johnson (6.6); AMR-Hayes (6.8); AMC-Michel (7.2, A, off 71); AML-Varga (6.8); ST-Cenci (7.1, G). Subs-Keane (6.5, on 71). Unused: Spasov, King, Spearing, Koch.
League Position: 10th
As the stats show, the standard of finishing throughout was pretty poor, which resulted in a match that can best be described as, well, dull. Hopefully, our next showing will be an improvement performance and results wise and won’t require such a strong half time team talk. We will be without Will Keane for it though as he’s damaged his elbow and will be out for 12-14 days.