We return home after our disappointing trip to Rotherham.
Date: Tuesday 31st January 2017
Opponent: Hull City (13th)
Venue: St. James Park
Odds: Exeter City=6/4, Draw=2/1, Hull City=13/8
Weather: Drizzle, 4C
Referee: Mr. Jon Moss
Aaron McCarey starts for us, making his league debut for us and the 100th league appearance of his career. Three minutes in, Jonny Hayes heads the ball down and a half volley from Federico Cenci from 12 yards out goes over. A minute later, Alain Besse cuts in from the left and shoots wide from 8 yards. Michel flicks the ball on in the 8th minute and Cenci shoots from 16 yards, forcing Brooks-Meade to make a good save in tipping the ball wide for a corner. We continue pressing and Hayes shoots from 18 yards in the 25th minute and Brooks-Meade is required to concede a corner again. Oliver Norwood’s inswinging corner in the 35th minute is met by Bradley Johnson 6 yards out at the near post, but it goes just over. With one minute to go until half time, Roman Chaloupka fouls Fryatt and Mr. Moss points to the spot. Fryatt is the man entrusted with the spot kick and puts it low to McCarey’s left to score.
Cenci looks to turn provider in the 46th minute when he plays in Michel, who looks to chip Brooks-Meade from 25 yards. He lifts the ball over the keeper, but it doesn’t drop quick enough and hits the bar before bouncing over. Mr. Moss’ book sees some action, with Cenci, Chaloupka and and Evans entering his book in the 49th, 52nd and 53rd minute respectively. With 25 minutes to go, Michele Marconi comes on for Michel, with Cenci dropping back to the attacking midfield role as Cenci goes up top. Catalin Rentea replaces Chaloupka – he goes to right back and Lubomir Zapotoka moves into the centre of defence as Jagos Vukovic shifts across to left back. Mr. Moss continues to hand out cards, booking Hayes, Poulsen and Vukovic. De Jong takes the free kick after Vukovic’s booking and an unmarked Michalik scores from 8 yards at the far post. I respond by bringing on Will Keane for Hayes – Keane plays behind Marconi and Cenci goes out wide to the right. The change has no impact and the game peters out, although Mr. Moss books Fryatt in the 77th minute and Rentea in the 87th minute.
Result: Exeter City 0-2 Hull City
Man of the Match: Michalik
Ratings: GK-McCarey (6.5), DR-Zapotoka (6.0), DCR-D’Avanzo (6.8), DCL-Vukovic (6.8, booked), DL-Chaloupka (5.1, booked, sub 65), MCR-Norwood (6.5), MCL-Johnson (6.9), AMR-Hayes (6.9, booked, sub 75), AMC-Michel (6.5, sub 65), AML-Besse (6.8), Cenci (6.8, booked). Subs-Rentea (6.4, booked, on 65), Marconi (6.5, on 65), Keane (6.7, on 75). Unused-Bond, O’Toole.
League Position: 4th
It was a pretty scrappy game with few chances and we didn’t make the most of our early pressure and were punished for it again. It was a disappointing result and performance.
Jay Spearing resumes full training, but Jonathan Bond strains his neck in a reserve game against Fulham and will be out for 8-10 days.
Clement Baud returns from his loan spell at Millwall and Martin Brandt returns from his loan spell at MK Dons.
The January awards are made. Andrei Goian of Sheffield United is named Player of the Month, whilst Burnley’s Luciano Thijsen is Young Player of the Month. Graeme Jones of Sheffield United scored Goal of the Month. Manager of the Month is awarded to David Jones of Cardiff City. In League 2, Busao (on loan at Bristol Rovers) comes in second place in the Young Player of the Month award.