The first half was typical of many Exeter City performances, hold and frustrate the opposition. This worked well and the Grecians looked comfortable with their League 1 opposition. Not an awful lot for each keeper to do, and with Krysiak the busier of the two keepers.
Paul Tisdale started the second half with O’Flynn added to the attack line. But the change to the formation was to be City undoing as City played more up field leaving the defence more open. Posh were able to take advantage in the 72 second minute with an Assombalonga goal, which was followed up in the 70th minute by a defensive lapse to allow Mendez-Laing goal.
Despite Nichols and Wheeler being added to the attck City were unable to penetrate the Peterborough defence. Good games for Davies and Gill.
Another season, another Cup exit at the first hurdle.
|Peterborough United 2||Exeter City 0|
|01 Olejnik||01 Krysiak|
|31 Little||04 Bennett|
|03 Ntlhe||03 Woodman|
|06 Bostwick||14 Doherty|
|04 Brisley||05 Baldwin|
|02 Alcock||06 Coles|
|07 Swanson||07 Sercombe|
|17 Newell||29 Grimes|
|23 Barnett||25 Parkin|
|09 Assombalonga||11 Davies|
|08 Payne||35 Gill|
|05 Zakuani||15 Moore-Taylor|
|13 Day||19 O’Flynn|
|15 Anderson||20 Nichols|
|19 Mendez-Laing||21 Gosling|
|22 Ephraim||22 Keohane|
|32 Conlon||30 Pym|
|36 Jeffers||32 Wheeler|
|Peterborough||Mendez-Lain on for Barnett 45′, Ephraimon for Swanson 46′ , Conlon on for Payne 68′|
|Exeter City||O’Flynn on for Doherty 47′, Nichols on Baldwin 77′ and Wheeler on for Gill 81′|
|Peterborough||Assombalonga and Ephrain both booked|
|Exeter City||Doherty booked|
|Assombalonga 72′ Mendez-Laing 79′|
|Ref: Graham Salisbury|
|Attendance: 3,379 of wich 181 were Grecians|
Paul Tisdale on the defeat :-
I’m disappointed fundamentally because it’s the first round of the FA Cup and we’ve not been the best candidates for a cup run in the last couple of years. It’s something that we’ve put a lot of preparation into this week and we really applied ourselves this week to try and get a result here.
I’m more disappointed because we played competently and built our performance nicely. There was a strategy to the way we played and defended and how we increased our offensive play, and I’m pleased with that.
Our players match them with comfort on the ball and trust in each other, and we looked strong in defensive situations. We were building our play when they scored their first goal.
Pat Baldwin’s thoughts:-
We felt comfortable and we were trusting each other and we were on the same page, but we lacked that bit of threat in the final third.
Peterborough upped the tempo, which they were always going to do as they were at home. And our change in formation probably mean they had more space in wide areas, and they exploited that quite well.
It was a game that we knew was going to open up, and Sam needed a bit of help up top because he was quite isolated in the first half. But we’re disappointed with the first goal – it changed the game and it was a disappointing one to concede.
I thought we were patient the first half, maybe lacked a bit of quality but I thought for the whole of the second half we were very good.
I think it typifies the problem at the moment where everyone expects us to win 6-0 when your first question says we didn’t really get going until the 70th minute. They’re a very good team, Exeter, fifth in League Two and a good footballing team. We just had to be patient and we had to produce a better quality in the second half to be fair and we’ve done that.
90 seconds of highlights http://youtu.be/x8NCXZOzJr4