Exeter City v MK Dons Match Day Thread

Red Devon

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So good today….we restricted them to only one real chance in the first half and in the second we were totally dominant with only the MK Dons goalkeeper keeping the score down. Cheick was outstanding not withstanding his goal….also big shoutouts for Sweenz and Groundsy who were also superb throughout.
 

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I really enjoyed the first half. Two teams who wanted to get the ball down and play whilst pressing the opposition high. It forced some errors in passing at times but I thought City edged it. Both keepers had to make a big save (or double save?) each.

Second half was one way traffic and we were excellent. All based on a solid back three with Cheick's physicality and the guile either side of Sweenz and Grounds which allowed us to be so aggressive in our press. Key and Sparkes got on top of their wing backs with Sparkes in particular delivering some crosses which probably had Harry Smith's eyes on stalks in the dug out.

The midfield dominated with Harry and Tim's running all being conducted by Archie who dictated the second half with the ball. Harper slotted in seamlessly when he came on. Jevani is enjoying L1 and he seems to have more time even when he doesn't have space. Nombe was a handful and a threat in behind and really worked them.

Cummings was excellent for them keeping out Sparkes with a great save and controlling his area. He really helped his defenders out with crosses. Nothing he could do when Cheick scored an identical goal to Tim's against Wycombe. Even when they changed from 3-4-3 to match our 3-5-2 it made no difference to our midfield dominance.

Young Stanno will score some goals for us I am sure. His movement is different class. If only Jevani could have cut his cross back a bit further from the keeper as Jay had completely lost his marker by going short, checking back and then going near post again.

What really pleased me was a bit of play with a couple of minutes to go. MK still trying to play out through Lewington but Josh Key was straight on him, Sweenz pushed up to cut off their wing back with Cheick and Grounds still covering behind even with MK playing two up top by then. Still aggressive pressing that late in the game with only a one goal lead. No thought of sitting back and defending the area.

We beat a good L1 side today and in the second half made them look ordinary.
I agree with everything you have said except the last line. I thought we made them look poor in the second half. I couldn't believe that they kept trying to play it out from their box when they had a goal kick. Despite getting little success with this they kept on doing it. I'm not complaining though and as others have said, what a fantastic performance and a very emotional day!
 

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Everyone played well. A great team performance. What was most pleasing was how we dominated the second half. Cheick deserved his man if match, absolute rock. He'll be the next to go, he's better than Hartridge.

Mk tried to play football, playing out from the back but this suited us, we play better against teams that try and play instead of Cheltenham style side.

I thought the MK keeper was brilliant, as were their fans, even though there wasn't many of them.
 
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