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

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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.
Sweeney I thought didn't have too bad a game best I've seen him of late. I also don't think that we sat back on our lead, I thought Swindon were tiring and we were looking for a second hence Matt Jay's attempt, and Lee Martin's agressive running

Once Swindon had scored they weren't looking for a winner and just wanted to play out time. Again the final action saw all our bigger defenders going up for a worked set piece so as I say I didn't think we sat back

Surprised noone has mentioned Williams' little cross/lob which beat McCormick and bounced off the bar that would have been ba beauty. End of the day a draw was a fair result but if we all got what we deserved Argyle would have won today with all their possession :ROFLMAO:
 

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To be fair to MT one of his major gripes last year was conceding soft goals and after 3 games and 1 goal conceded we seem to be more solid. Maybe this is coming at the expense of creating chances but I guess that's the tricky balance. Ward seems an excellent replacement for Pym and continues MT's record of signing good quality players. The big question mark is Ajose but lets give him time. We're not playing to strengths. He came to us as a talented player with no form or success in recent times. I hope it's a confidence thing and not an attitude thing.
 

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My take on the performances of our players
Ward: Very assured again. Scuffed one punch, apart from that, flawless. Kicks well to the wings and it nearly always stays in. 9 (My MOM)
Sweeney: Again quite sound defensively and his passing was slightly better, but still needs to improve. 6
Woodman: Had lot of work to do but he stuck at his task. Played well with Moxey and whipped in a couple of good crosses. 7
A. Martin: Hardly made a header in the first half but much better after the break. Always good on the deck and some very good passes. 7 (Steve Tully's MOM)
Moxey: Hardly put a foot wrong. He was a very cool head when we were under a lot of pressure. Looked to have formed a good partnership with Martin. 8
Williams: Swindon had done their homework on him. Two or three were on him very quickly. Made some good tackles but had little impact going forward. 6
Taylor: Started on the left and that left Law in the middle. He looked sharp early on but got booked for a professional foul and then faded, down to his injury. 5
Collins: Worked very hard as always and got in some great challenges. Passing much better than the first game and he looks to be back to his best. 8
Law: Very effective when playing in the middle and so reliable as always. Our most consistent player for years and once again the sponsors MOM. 8
Ajose: Again made little impact although he did get into some good spaces but didn't get the passes that he needed. 5
Bowman: Again worked his socks off but was well marshalled by the Swindon defence. Won some great tackles near the touchline and linked well with L.Martin and Jay when they came on.7

Jay: Roundly criticised on Tuesday but made an instant impact when he came on. Sharp movement and passing helped us get on top. Scored and unlucky not to get another.8
L.Martin : I'm surprised that he hasn't yet got the nickname "super sub". His introduction and the change of shape turned the game our way. Linked well with Bowman.7
 

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Its very interesting hearing different perceptions on the game.

Lewis Ward was very poor in my opinion. For someone his size and stature he needs to be collecting balls in the box, like his counterpart did today. Punched 4/5 crosses and one of those was completely unopposed!

Our quality to the front men today was poor. I can see why people think Ajose had a poor game but he also is having very little to work with. The service from midfield was very poor.

Game changed entirely when Jay and Martin came on, which is the main positive from today as both men, in particular Jay, will be feeling confident going into Tuesdays game.

Im expecting changes going into Tuesdays game. Williams and Ajose to be replaced in the first team.
 

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Im expecting changes going into Tuesdays game. Williams and Ajose to be replaced in the first team.
Ajose will start, hopefully he will score but he will also give way to Lee Martin in the second half where Oldham will have to deal with a different type of striker. I think the combination in this division works well
 

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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.
You're surely not on about the one that a) he really did see all the way and b) he didn't actually even need to touch it as it was quite comfortably sailing over the bar.
 

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You're surely not on about the one that a) he really did see all the way and b) he didn't actually even need to touch it as it was quite comfortably sailing over the bar.
GH no idea where you watch the game from but without wishing to appear rude perhaps a trip to spec savers......don’t agree......as reported on DL and exactly as I saw both saves.

Close shave
A cross from the Swindon right and Aaron Martin miscues it horribly towards his own goal. Thankfully Ward tips it over the bar and the corner comes to nothing.

Close again
Swindon on top now and ward makes a brilliant save to keep out a fierce drive from Michael Doughty. Ward punches the corner behind for another one...
 

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GH no idea where you watch the game from but without wishing to appear rude perhaps a trip to spec savers......don’t agree......
From my view on the Bank, directly in line with the shot, Harris shouldn’t go to Specsavers at all, he’s absolutely right. Don’t blame Lewis for making sure though. Does need to work on his punching.
 

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Its very interesting hearing different perceptions on the game.

Lewis Ward was very poor in my opinion. For someone his size and stature he needs to be collecting balls in the box, like his counterpart did today. Punched 4/5 crosses and one of those was completely unopposed!

Our quality to the front men today was poor. I can see why people think Ajose had a poor game but he also is having very little to work with. The service from midfield was very poor.

Game changed entirely when Jay and Martin came on, which is the main positive from today as both men, in particular Jay, will be feeling confident going into Tuesdays game.

Im expecting changes going into Tuesdays game. Williams and Ajose to be replaced in the first team.
Williams hasn’t got a replacement atm as Holmes is injured
 

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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.
Well........ Can't say I was too surprised to see their crosser in 5-10 yards of space.

Shame. On the whole I really like him as a player (dubious fitness levels notwithstanding). Tremendous going forward at times. Wonderful flick-on header in the highlights too.


https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/competitions/league-two/11788052/exeter-1-1-swindon
 

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Well........ Can't say I was too surprised to see their crosser in 5-10 yards of space.

Shame. On the whole I really like him as a player (dubious fitness levels notwithstanding). Tremendous going forward at times. Wonderful flick-on header in the highlights too.


https://www.skysports.com/watch/video/sports/football/competitions/league-two/11788052/exeter-1-1-swindon
Sweenz had to tuck in to cover Aaron Martin's outside which left space for their left back who wasn't tracked back. If he had gone wide their attacker would have had a massive gap to skin Aaron on the outside he would have been through. Unfortunately it was a good cross and for once we didn't deal with it as their striker got across Deano.
 

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GH no idea where you watch the game from but without wishing to appear rude perhaps a trip to spec savers......don’t agree......as reported on DL and exactly as I saw both saves.

Close shave
A cross from the Swindon right and Aaron Martin miscues it horribly towards his own goal. Thankfully Ward tips it over the bar and the corner comes to nothing.

Close again
Swindon on top now and ward makes a brilliant save to keep out a fierce drive from Michael Doughty. Ward punches the corner behind for another one...
I made no comment about the save from Martins miscue
(he did what he needed to as it seem to die very late in the air)
but as for the other one , on The Big Bank pretty much in a direct line from where the Swindon player hit the shot and where it was going to fly over my head. The ball was a good hand and wrist's length over before Ward got to it and it was still rising. Better safe than sorry though.
 

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It was a decent game however I thought we were poor during the first half, we offered very little threat going forward and looked far from watertight at the back. Swindon could have been 3 - 0 up at half time. The second half started in similar fashion with Swindon dominating. We changed things around with the likes of Jay and Lee Martin having a positive impact and we improved. The frustrating aspect was we conceded when we looked as comfortable as we had all game, Swindon appeared to have run out of energy and ideas after dominating earlier on.

I thought Sweeney, Martin and Moxey had decent games, Taylor was one of our best performers until he got injured.

The service into Bowman and Ajose was poor (yet again).

I'm a fan of Williams however he had a shocking game.
 

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MT praised a home 'support' that proved witless and moronic in the main. Funny old game.
The very predictable McCormick chants started up. I'd be a little bit p!$$ed off if I were Matt Jay. He scores and The Legion started giving it large at McCormick again. It wasn't until two or three minutes later that Matt got the plaudits he should have instantly from them.
 

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The very predictable McCormick chants started up. I'd be a little bit p!$$ed off if I were Matt Jay. He scores and The Legion started giving it large at McCormick again. It wasn't until two or three minutes later that Matt got the plaudits he should have instantly from them.
To be fair the McCormick chants weren't as loud or long as some games in the past. Still embarrassing to hear though. Some people need to grow up ans get over it. He did his time.
 

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Swindon looked a good L2 side and I think they may well be at the top end of the table in May. So a point isn't a bad result, if I was a Swindon fan I'd be disappointed with only one.

We were however ponderous early on yesterday. On the evidence of the first three games and the latter part of least season, I do worry about our apparent lack of vim in the first +/- 60 minutes of games, is this tactical caution in the Tisdale mould or are we really less energetic than Macclesfield, Stevenage and Swindon? Both Sweeney and Woody were OK yesterday but they are not exactly speedy in either covering or going forward.

If Jake and Williams are going to be out I'd be minded to try playing 3-1-4-2 in at lest one of the next two games with the new lad Richardson (if he's match fit) and Sparkes as wing backs and try to inject some pace:

Sweeney Martin Moxey
Richardson Law Collins Jay Sparkes
Bowman Martin or Ajose
 
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