Tisdale on Northampton win: “John’s goal was a sublime finish”

Exeter City travelled to Sixfields to take on Northampton Town in a League 2 fixture. The Grecians parkin_at_northamptonhad not beaten the Cobblers on the road since 1973.

The line ups were:-

Northampton Town 1 Exeter City 2
01 Duke 01 Krysiak
02 Amankwaah 03 Woodman
03 Widdowson 04 Bennett
06 Collins 05 Baldwin
23 Heath 06 Coles
04 Carter 07 Sercombe
10 O’Donovan 08 Oakley
11 Hackett 22 Keohane
17 Deegan 10 Gow
09 Platt 11 Davies
25 Blyth 25 Parkin
Substitutes Substitutes
21 McNamara 30 Pym
12 Tozer  on for Amankwaah on 79′ 15 Moore-Taylor
08 Morris 14 Doherty
19 Emerton on for O’Donovan 79′ 16 Dawson
26 Harriott on for Carter 68′ 32 Wheeler on for Keohane 82′
16 Hooper 18 Reid
24 Toney 19 O’Flynn on for Gow 73′
Blyth 7′ Bennett 35′ and O’Flynn ’90
Carter and Deegan Woodman
Ref: Lewis
Att: 4036 of which 258 were travelling Grecians
Possession 51 49
Shots 17 7
on Target 5 2
Corners 6 3
Fouls 18 10

A poor start for the Grecians. Conceding after only 7 minutes. Exeter struggled in the first quarter of the game to exert any authority, and the midfield did nothing to help the defence by holding on to the ball. Gradually Exeter O'Flynn_sub_northamptongot themselves back in the game, even though Northampton always looked dangerous on their breaks. But Exeter were able to go in at half time level at 1-1 after Bennett scored from a Woodman corner.

Second half Exeter were more in the game, but Northampton looked the side most likely to score. However, an inspired pair of substitutions of O’Flynn and then Wheeler meant that at the death Exeter scored the winner and stole all 3 points from a Northampton side that had probably played its best game of the season. Very sweet for the 258 Grecians present.

Krysiak was good in goal, not at fault for their goal. The defence struggled at times against Northampton, but Bennett and Woodman had a good game. The midfield took a long time to play their part. Davies, Oakley and Keohane did well, Sercs was his usual self. Gow was disappointing, and did work well with Parkin who himself had an excellent game, and could have scored towards the end.

Official Club Report: http://www.exetercityfc.co.uk/fixtures-results/match-report/

90 seconds of the Official ECFC  You Tube highlights. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w47zVCYjCv4&feature=youtu.be&a

Paul Tisdale speaking after the game said:-

It’s one thing keeping going, but we kept going with intensity and sharpness with our counter-attacks and breaks. I’m very proud of them.  We deserved the opportunity for that to happen. Northampton also put enough into their game to have the opportunity to win it – we both deserved the opportunity, and it went our day today.

It’s early days and I’m not getting carried away with it, but I have to say that Northampton bennett_amankwaahare the best side we’ve played this season so far.  It’s a cruel world and I don’t think they deserved that today off the back of how they played – they didn’t deserve to lose.

I don’t think we had any reticence at all in the way we prepared ourselves in the dressing room. We knew what it would be like, but we just didn’t cope with it. I don’t think I could label our team hesitant or slow to start – Northampton were phenomenal. Their start was so dynamic and it blew the game their way.

Today was about us keeping it at one goal and not letting it become two – like when we were here last year [when Northampton won 3-0) it is easy to let one to become two, to become three – we stuck with it and we gave ourselves a chance for late in the game. I’m beginning to see a team with moreamankwaah_parkin resolve.

I don’t think it can be argued that it was a terrific delivery with a very purposeful run into the box. Sometimes a perfect run and a perfect run will beat any team, and that was nigh on a perfect cross from Craig Woodman.

The one thing we didn’t quite do enough was play the ball behind their back-four; eventually we did it twice in the last five minutes and got our rewards from it.

John’s goal was a sublime finish, and it was made by the passes of Arron Davies and David Wheeler.

We’ve probably won more games this season from being behind than we did for the whole of ntfc_ecfc_thumblast year. We had a competitive edge to us today and I think we have done this season so far.

Exeter’s David Wheeler on the goal:-

Arron’s ball for me was brilliant.  I think he had thought about playing it just before that – when he played it though it was absolutely perfect for me, and made it so easy to have a first touch and have time for a cross.
I just thought about having a first good touch and relaxing on my cross, and it was great finish by Flynny.  The one he scored against Wimbledon was another good finish – I’m grateful for him getting on the end of my crosses!”

The Northampton boss, Aidy Boothroyd said:-

We will play a lot, lot worse than that and win games. The simple fact is that Exeter were clinical and we weren’t but you look at our overall performance and there were a lot of positives.

We probably had five or six times the chances that Exeter had but you have got to take those chances. I’m pleased with a lot of things and there were some good performances out there today both individually and collectively.northampton_ecfc_feat
We created lots of chances but at the moment it doesn’t seem to matter what we do, we’re not getting what we deserve. We just have to keep working hard and keep persevering, I’m convinced we are at a tipping point in our development now and we’re definitely not too far away.
We conceded a goal that we shouldn’t have conceded right at the end of the game but really we should have been out of sight by that point.

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