Exeter City’s 3rd league game of the season took place on Saturday at St James Park. The opponents being AFC Wimbledon, and the Grecians had been given permission to play in the 3rd kit of yellow shirts, blue shorts and blue and white hooped socks for the Club’s Brazil Day.
Team line up were:-
|Exeter City||AFC Wimbledon|
|01 Krysiak||01 Warner|
|03 Woodman||02 Fuller|
|05 Baldwin||03 Kennedy|
|06 Coles||05 Frampton|
|16 Dawson||06 Bennett|
|08 Oakley||04 Sweeney|
|11 Davies||11 L Moore|
|29 Grimes||12 Pell|
|32 Wheeler||21 Porter|
|19 O’Flynn||09 Smith|
|25 Parkin||10 Midson|
|30 Pym||22 Brown|
|07 Sercombe||07 Francomb|
|14 Doherty||15 Fenlon|
|21 Gosling||24 Weston|
|22 Keohane||08 S Moore|
|10 Gow||19 Arthur|
|18 Reid||18 Sheringham|
It was the Grecians that started the better. And it only took 11 minutes for John O’Flynn to get on the score sheet, with O’Flynn picking up a loose ball on the left and sending in a string ball that took a deflection to beat Ross Warner. Exeter dominated the first half, and it was on 36 minutes when John O’Flynn with the merest of touches scored from an excellent David Wheeler cross.
The second half Exeter City sat back but Wimbledon had no way through. A consolation goal for the Dons, was denied by a Pat Baldwin clearance off the line in the last minute.
So, excellent performance from Matt Grimes on his debut, and a deserved sponsors man of the match award to David Wheeler.
Exeter Subs: Sercombe on for O’Flynn 59 mins, Doherty on for Sercombe 67 minutes, Gow on Wheeler on 85 mins.
Wimbledon Subs: Weston replaced Bennett 39 mins, Francomb replaced Porter on 46 mins, Sheringham replaced Midson on 59 mins.
Discipline: Yellow cards for Coles and Doherty (Exeter) and yellow cards for Luke Moore and Pell (Wimbledon).
Attendance 3881 of which 488 were Wimbledon fans.
We maybe could have got more, but 2-0 is good enough. We tried our best not to keep a clean sheet at the end by being a bit sloppy, but Artur (Krysiak) made some good saves. It was a really good performance.
We had a really bad week going into the game in terms of injuries and not knowing what the team was and I have to say that the midfield partnership of Matt Oakley and Matt Grimes was superb for a first effort together. Matt Grimes played like someone who’s played for years and he had a proper player in Matt Oakley alongside him.
Those two set it off. They were so composed and had so much control over the centre of the field, that it enabled us to keep our wide players wide and feed David Wheeler and keep the two strikers close together. It was a really proper performance
Wimbledon boss Neil Ardley:-
I am really disappointed. I am not going to defend the boys, if we were unlucky to lose I would say so. Exeter were much the better team throughout the game and I have said to the players that one thing that is high on the list of every performance is the basics. The energy, the pace, the desire, one-to-one battles, we need to master them and we didn’t turn up with any of it.
“The first half in particular we were so off the pace and they were twice as quick as us. They played with high energy and we didn’t, they anticipated second balls we didn’t, they did the rubbish side of their game and we didn’t. When you do that you lose in this league, you can’t win games. I don’t care how good a group of players we think we have got, we can’t win games without doing the basics
Match report on the Official Site – http://www.exetercityfc.co.uk/fixtures-results/match-report/?pageView=full#anchored
Paul Tisdale on Matt Grimes – http://www.exetercityfc.co.uk/news/article/tis-grimes-impressing-me-all-the-time-1000403.aspx