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

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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
We may have started slowly but we also finished much the stronger against Macclesfield and Stevenage and, late goal aside, were much the better team for most of the second half yesterday.
As to your formation, I can definitely see us playing that at some point this season but it would be a brave manager who plays two 18-year-old debutants in the same side.
 

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We may have started slowly but we also finished much the stronger against Macclesfield and Stevenage and, late goal aside, were much the better team for most of the second half yesterday.
As to your formation, I can definitely see us playing that at some point this season but it would be a brave manager who plays two 18-year-old debutants in the same side.
Sparkes wouldn't be a debutant, he's come on as a sub in 3 league games and played about 10 times for the first team in total. Inexperienced, yes, but Matt Taylor has said he's ready for the first team

Richardson would indeed be a debutant, and as I said this would be contingent on him proving he's fit enough. He was on the bench for Forest in a league and an EFL cup game this season so is presumably regarded as up to it.

They would have 2 experienced players behind them in Sweeney and Moxey

I like brave managers, me. So long as bravery isn't a euphemism for foolishness.
 

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Moxey didn't have a bad game yesterday however he has developed a habit of diving in, not really what you want to see from a defender.
 

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Don't blame him for the goal line block but thought he could have covered his man better for the equaliser. Apart from that he was a bit lucky in losing possession in dangerous areas but somehow getting it back. He's always going to try and take on players as he is a creative player that takes risks, maybe not great for a centre half but having said that I thought he had a good game yesterday and I'd continue playing him there if I were Matt Taylor.
 

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Don't blame him for the goal line block but thought he could have covered his man better for the equaliser. Apart from that he was a bit lucky in losing possession in dangerous areas but somehow getting it back. He's always going to try and take on players as he is a creative player that takes risks, maybe not great for a centre half but having said that I thought he had a good game yesterday and I'd continue playing him there if I were Matt Taylor.
The Swindon goal was no-one in particular's fault it was a combination of good play by them and the defence collectively being stretched.

Personally I think Moxey is best in a back 3 where he has more cover for the occasional forward foray or loss of position (cf. David Luiz). Hence my enthusiasm to try wing backs of Sparkes and Richardson with a back 3 (of any combination of Sweeney, Martin, Parkes and Moxey). Less need for a covering DM in that formation too as one of the CBs can push forward to cut out through balls knowing that doesn't have to leave a big gap.
 

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Random stat. Close friends and long time former partners up front Ollie Watkins and Matt Jay both scored on 72 minutes at home in a 1-1 draw yesterday.
I just love stats like that. Not sure about the 'harmonic convergence' thing though as I'm pretty sure they were just mates.
 

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So I’ve just driven back up to Aberdeen after watching yesterday and I must say I was really surprised with us. I thought we looked excellent.

You can see our manager was a solid centre half as we look solid. I’ve never seen us look so defensively strong as a unit. Our squad is huge, maybe our tallest squad?
Mix that with the flare players in attack which we clearly have, and ball playing midfielders which we have. It looks really, really good and it was pleasing on the eye.

However.... Williams looked knackered after 60 mins, probably because of Ajose. Don’t get me started on him. I don’t know whether MT told him to stay narrow but he offered no width at all and did completely jack sh*t. As soon as Martin came on for him it looked as though he was doing the job Ajose should have been doing - offering width. It looked as though Ajose didn’t take the sub off too well... I’m sure MT will sort his attitude out.

Dean Moxey went to ground around 4/5 times yesterday, which is no problem if he wins the ball, but he doesn’t. And Aaron Martin isn’t quick enough to cover him every single time. So that was a concern, but he looked good, especially on the ball.
One thing which worried me was how we changed systems about 3/4 times in the second half, maybe it’s complimenting how good Swindon were. The system we started with looked solid, and the 4-2-3-1 system we finished with looked exciting.

Really impressed with us and hats off to Matt. We will be up there this season with Swindon, and I do think Argyle will be too purely because they have Danny Mayor. The top 3 maybe?
 

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I wouldn't be too critical of Lewis Ward, overall he's been excellent so far imho.

Regarding the mistimed punches yesterday, he was dealing with quite a strong wind which didn't make things easy for him.
 

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Lewis Ward has been a revelation, if he isn’t playing at a higher level within 12-18 months I’ll be amazed.
 

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***king hell if you read the Swindon forum there are only two places up for Autos after Saturday - they might as well take the place of Bury.

The match was enjoyable on Saturday and Swindon did dominate the first half, but to me never really looked effective, and in the second half after the first ten minutes I thought you could see them physically tire which is when we came to the fore in the match. When they equalised they were even then slowing the play down hoping to kill time, whereas we still went on trying to look for the winner.

Part of the enjoyment of the match was watching two teams initially trying to go for it without employing game management tactics. If Swindon had scored early on I wonder what would have heppened.

A quick message to Swindon fans you are not Lincoln (last year they annihilated us with us both challenging for the top spot at the time)
 
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