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

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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)
Wellens talks a good game and the media love all his talk of playing a high pressing game with lots of quick passing. However, I was surprised how quickly they ran out of ideas and seemed to lack any sort of plan B once a team works out how to play against them. I'm still not sure whether they were really good in the first half and we did well to stay in the game or whether we made them look good by struggling to control the ball and to control possession.
 

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Wellens talks a good game and the media love all his talk of playing a high pressing game with lots of quick passing. However, I was surprised how quickly they ran out of ideas and seemed to lack any sort of plan B once a team works out how to play against them. I'm still not sure whether they were really good in the first half and we did well to stay in the game or whether we made them look good by struggling to control the ball and to control possession.
They've got two decent goalscorers now. That helps.
 

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Wellens talks a good game and the media love all his talk of playing a high pressing game with lots of quick passing. However, I was surprised how quickly they ran out of ideas and seemed to lack any sort of plan B once a team works out how to play against them. I'm still not sure whether they were really good in the first half and we did well to stay in the game or whether we made them look good by struggling to control the ball and to control possession.
Yeah the media do seem to like Swindon, hearing of their flowing counter attacking moves on Saturday I was disappointed in them, like us they did seem to lose the ball easily and again similar to us lots of misplaced passes. Sam Parkin on Quest seems to love them though which isn't surprising being an ex Swindon fans favourite and commentating on them for Radio Wiltshire. Perhaps Quest could line up Steve Tully for his impartial views next time ;)

With regards to their strikers aren't they both on loan?
 

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I meant to add that Swindon have clearly recruited well but presumably those players haven't come cheap and, as Mansfield have discovered in recent seasons it's not always easy to fulfil the expectations that come with splashing the cash.
 

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I meant to add that Swindon have clearly recruited well but presumably those players haven't come cheap and, as Mansfield have discovered in recent seasons it's not always easy to fulfil the expectations that come with splashing the cash.
At least with splashing the cash Swindon have the potential to bring in large crowds comparable to the Scum and Bradford and therefore recoup some of their expenditure unlike Mansfield (I hate Mansfield and what they currently stand for)
 

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The 360 version of Saturday's game

Never enjoy shooting towards the BB in the 1st half (n)

Did Jake have a sly elbow at the player he fouled at 5.59? No contact fortunately.

Also, that shot he has at 5.15. He seems to get that eaxact chance most games but he always seems too delicate. There's nearly always a crowd of bodies infront and he seems to drag his shot as he tries to place it carefully and ends up getting blocked. I guess it's better than the alternative of putting his laces through it and watching it sail into the Big Bank. I'm all for players shooting but just a bit frustrating.

Nice instinctive finish from Jay. I thought he only scored worldies?
 
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Just saw the iFollow highlights: Boy were Wards blushes spared when he crashed that clearance against an opponent where it came back past him into the net! The referee quite rightly awarded a freekick to City in that buildup, but I doubt if Mr Ward knew that! I still rate him highly, but no more shanks like that I hope.
 

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At least with splashing the cash Swindon have the potential to bring in large crowds comparable to the Scum and Bradford and therefore recoup some of their expenditure unlike Mansfield (I hate Mansfield and what they currently stand for)
Potentially maybe, but what happens if Wellens isn't as successful as expected and the crowds start to drift away. Lee Power claims to have put over six million into the club although it's hard to work out where the money has been spent - the ground is still fairly dilapidated and, until this season at least, the squad was fairly mediocre. What happens if he gets bored and decides he wants his money back. Are the club really sustainable without his investment?
 

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Never enjoy shooting towards the BB in the 1st half (n)

Did Jake have a sly elbow at the player he fouled at 5.59? No contact fortunately.

Also, that shot he has at 5.15. He seems to get that eaxact chance most games but he always seems too delicate. There's nearly always a crowd of bodies infront and he seems to drag his shot as he tries to place it carefully and ends up getting blocked. I guess it's better than the alternative of putting his laces through it and watching it sail into the Big Bank. I'm all for players shooting but just a bit frustrating.

Nice instinctive finish from Jay. I thought he only scored worldies?
I saw that near-elbow too. Lucky no contact.
 

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Also, that shot he has at 5.15. He seems to get that eaxact chance most games but he always seems too delicate. There's nearly always a crowd of bodies infront and he seems to drag his shot as he tries to place it carefully and ends up getting blocked. I guess it's better than the alternative of putting his laces through it and watching it sail into the Big Bank. I'm all for players shooting but just a bit frustrating.
A miss is a miss, I was disappointed with the effort when it happened as he seemed to have plenty of time to pick his spot (from the Sky highlights it was a nice look up by Law to find Jake), and upon reflection Jake does seem to be missing these opportunities - credit to him for getting in the position but the finishes need more attention.

Interesting on the DevonLive interview with Lee Martin he said his was a shot in the mode of Nicky Law against Macclesfield when Bowman scored. One other thing, whether it's because he doesn't like to give interviews, but he didn't seem overly happy during the interview, could be he just wanted to get home.
 

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In his interview after the Stevenage game, Nicky Law said that he always tries to shoot across the goal rather than to the near post to maximise the chance of a deflection if the shot doesn't go straight in. Therefore, it's noticeable that all 3 of our goals this season have come in a similar way - one directly with a sweetly struck shot and twice where a shot across goal has been shanked straight to another City player who has been able to deflect the ball in. Jake Taylor was clearly trying to do something similar with his shot and that time we didn't get the luck. However, regardless of all that, the Jake Taylor of 2 years ago who was more confident in front of goal would have probably smashed that shot first time into the bottom corner.
 

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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...
Have you watched 360 yet and wish to continue this?
 

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I was most impressed with the way Ward committed himself to leaving his box to clear a through ball in the second half. It was a tough shout as there was a player in hot pursuit. If he hadn't done it he would have looked really bad but it was the right call and he cleared a dangerous situation.
 

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Just saw the iFollow highlights: Boy were Wards blushes spared when he crashed that clearance against an opponent where it came back past him into the net! The referee quite rightly awarded a freekick to City in that buildup, but I doubt if Mr Ward knew that! I still rate him highly, but no more shanks like that I hope.
Actually Pete the ref didn't give a free kick for Sweeney in the build up although he should have. He gave it for hand ball charging down Ward's clearance.
 

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To be fair I thought he did end up giving it for Sweeney, praps not but was defienatly a foul.
The ref certainly signalled for hand ball which was why Sweenz was giving him grief for not giving a foul on him. You can see on the normal (not 360) highlights.
 
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