Exeter City AFC v Swindon Town AFC Official Match Day Thread. LD2 17/8/19

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When I watch the highlights later will I see Sweeney doing bugger all to stop the cross? I apologise if the goal was nothing to do with him it's just the Coventry highlights brought back a few flashbacks of last season.

Goal. Swindon have equalised. A ball comes in from the left and Eion Doyle find the bottom corner [1-1]
 

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Good game,against a good side who will be up there come the end of season,better performance than the Macc game,but ajose still isn’t bringing anything to the team albeit it’s early days,bowman gives 100% every game,and Arron Martin played well as did jay and lee Martin when they came on.a draw was a fair result but it would have been nice if we had held on for the win.onwards and upwards and at least we are above the green slime !
 

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It was a very entertaining and absorbing game of football. A draw was probably a fair result but it will be a result that could well be telling come the end of the season if both sides can maintain that sort of standard. We seemed to start the match playing with wing backs but Woody, bless him, is too old and not quick enough to play that role and soon morphed into an unbalanced 4-4-2. Playing with the three in the middle certainly seemed to be far better for Collins, Taylor and, most importantly, Nicky Law but Woody was left a little undressed as far as cover in front of him was concerned.
People still disappointed by Ajose need to look for the route cause of the problem. Ajose is a 'fox in the box' type of striker and when have we actually got some sort of service in to him that he can thrive on. Williams and whoever happens to be out wide on the left need to get ball in quicker for him so he can steal a march on his marker but it's step over here and a cut back there and suddenly Ajose has filled the space he wants to run into. To some extent the same could be said for the service to Bowman. Both would thrive off the ball coming in quicker so they can attack it whilst they're moving forward rather than having to continually check their runs.
 

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I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the performance of Lewis Ward. I think he looks very assured and he had another very good game today. He certainly had a lot more to do than their keeper. I think he gives us a lot more than Chrysty, because of his height.
 

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A proper game hard fought and no play acting. First half Swindon on top, defence well organised which reduced City’s attacking threat to a minimum, very quick and always dangerous on the break.

Second half City better team particularly after the substitutions one enforced Matt Jay for Jake Taylor and other tactical Lee Martin for Nicky Ajose. Gradually built up the pressure and Matt Jay’s goal 20 minutes from time was no more than they deserved.

Swindon were still dangerous on the break but City’s game management was excellent. As the minutes ticked away it was noticeable that Swindon seemed to be losing their way and that we were either going to score a second or run out as 1-0 winners.

Unfortunately in the last few minutes we also became a little too casual and paid the price with Swindon scoring an equaliser two minutes from the end.

We were top of the league for 18 minutes and overall a draw was a fair result but after being almost home and dry it was gutting to concede such a late goal.
 

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Last season we got blown away by Lincoln and Mansfield in similar matches so I think it's a real sign of progress that we hung on in the first half and ended up disappointed not to win.
 

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Shame we couldn't hold on but 1-1 was a fair result. 2 good teams out there today when playing there football. Interesting that MT mentioned he had spoken to the ref after the game and he said to him that there was 2 really good outfits out there today considering that's a ref who referees at the level everyweek which I agree there was. Swindon will be up there this year and I think we will be too. If we can get Ajose in the game a bit more his goals I think will defiantly come. Final ball lacked us a bit today but bringing L.Martin and Jay on made a huge difference and we looked a threat when we went forward with those options. A.Martin had a good game at the back. Full backs weren't good enough today just wish he would have started Sparkes at LB as there winger done Woodman every time he went forward. Roll on Tuesday lets hope we keep the unbeaten run going.
 

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A good game with the right result on balance. Just a shame we conceded late on when we finally had control of the game and Swindon looked to have run out of ideas. They could have been ahead in the first half as they had the best of the game with good counter attacks and the freedom of our left hand side. Woody was very isolated and any ball out to the left side was easy possession for them with us playing 3 centre mids, 2 centre forwards and a right winger.

No surprise that we had much more control when we shifted to 4-3-3 with Lee Martin coming on. MJ also made a difference with better and quicker link up play through midfield with Law. It's a tricky decision for Matt to make as it is clear he wants Ajose with Bowman up front and Law has to play centrally. Really this means 3 at the back (probably leaving out Williams and bringing Sparkes in for Woody) or playing a diamond midfield, again with Williams left out.

Thought our defending was generally solid around the box but can we please stop defending the opposite goal line as well! A second for MJ would have wrapped up the win and twice in two home games!
 

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I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the performance of Lewis Ward. I think he looks very assured and he had another very good game today. He certainly had a lot more to do than their keeper. I think he gives us a lot more than Chrysty, because of his height.
I actually thought he didn't look quite so assured as he did against Macclesfield. There were a couple of times he came out to punch that looked a little poorly timed with his actual punch. I'm not sure what happened last week for people to be critical about his kicking though at Satanage as today, regardless of whether it was with or against the wind, his kicking was of a better standard than McCormicks.
 

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Two seriously good sides with the City performance going up a level today...much better game from Sweeney with good close control and only about one missed place pass all afternoon, Collins and Taylor also involved a lot more with really positive games, Moxey and Arron Martin were strong all afternoon including several goal mouth clearances....MoM for me was Lewis Ward just like against Macclesfield two or three high quality saves as well as controlling his penalty area with great awareness and anticipation...special mention for Matt Jay who did more in twenty minutes than Ajose in three games....anyone that finishes above Swindon this season will probably end up getting promoted!
 

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A few quick thoughts...
Swindon were a very impressive side. Quick on the break with a couple of excellent central midfielders as well. Think they will be pushing for automatics come next April.
I thought we were much improved from the Macclesfield game.

Ward - Excellent. Calm presence in goal.
Sweeney - Better performance in general but still giving away possession a little cheaply. Would like to see the goal again to see if he could have closed down their player and attempt to stop the cross... Their player had a lot of time and space.
Moxey - Excellent. He is so much more assured and accomplished at centre half and generally good in possession.
Aaron Martin - Played well. I’m not his biggest fan as I don’t think that he wins enough collisions and headers for a big 6ft+ league 2 centre half but he was assured as always today and won his fair share of duels to boot.
Woodman - Tidy in possession as always and a calming presence at the back. However I lost count of the times that Law lifted his head to look for an outlet on the left hand side to see that Woody was still in his own half. Bringing in Sparkes may bring more attacking edge but fear that defensively he could be exposed unlike the wise and reliable Woody.
Williams - Frustrating day. It seemed that early on he didn’t think he could out pace their left back and as a result his contribution was minimal. Think Taylor might have been preparing to replace him for Sparkes until they scored late on.
Taylor - Usual industry. Tidier in possession than Macclesfield but subbed early due to dead leg.
Collins - Played well against 2 excellent ball playing centre midfielders.
Law - Much better more centrally. Industrious, creative and always sniffing out openings and opportunities. Our best player by a distance. Just wish we had more players on his wavelength for him to link up with.
Ajose - Sadly anonymous and lightweight. I feel for him as he is not playing as a straight no.9 up top but is pushed off the ball far too easily and is not contributing anything at present. A real worry at the moment and a conundrum for Matty T to solve.
Bowman - Not quite his usual battering ram of a performance but worked hard as always.

Subs - Matt Jay and Lee Martin brought a little more structure to our play and we were generally better for them being on the pitch. If Moxey could have got out the way we’d have been celebrating a victory tonight and a Matt Jay double.

Final random thought... Good luck to the person cleaning the Swindon technical area... Richie Wellens (dressed in shirt & tie complete with horrendous white shoes) was spitting literally every 20 seconds for the whole 90 minutes. Unnecessary and not a good look in my opinion.
 

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I like this.

Loved that site, Brighton are predicted to win the Premier League.

On todays game, Swindon were better first half and we were better second.

I was disappointed that we decided to sit on it when we scored, and can we please drop Sweeney there must be a kid or a brick lying around better than him.
Least the brick might have better positioning and stop the odd cross.
 

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I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the performance of Lewis Ward. I think he looks very assured and he had another very good game today. He certainly had a lot more to do than their keeper. I think he gives us a lot more than Chrysty, because of his height.
Agreed Lewis was again excellent today (my MOM) and made a couple of exceptional saves in both halves. Second half one a powerful shot from the edge of the area which he tipped over the bar.....how he saw it let alone save it. The other when he saved Aaron Martin’s blushes tipping the latter’s back header over the bar.

I have more confidence in him as a keeper than I have had in any of our recent keepers. He is agile and with his height and build commands his area. He is also capable of turning defence into attack being able to throw the ball both accurately and for a significant distance. An excellent signing and someone whom in my view will definitely go on to play at a higher level.
 
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