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offline FleetFanatic

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Not the greatest of games.

Exeter appeared to be happy with 10% <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> of play, we never really got going despite dominating most of the match. Wilko was poorly positioned for their goal, Roy scored an absolute screamer, Drury had another woeful performance before being substituted. Strong claim for a penalty near the end after Manny appeared to be shoved from behind.

Ref was quite good at times, allowing the game to flow where possible - he seemed a bit reluctant to issue cards for fouls until late in the 2nd half.

All in all, we probably didn't deserve anymore than the draw - not convinced that Exeter deserved a point though!

offline Bloodnock

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I note that the the gate was 1700,so ever upward.
Chris Moore missing (injury or the dreaded flu bug ?), ironic that Shearer played after all the weeks speculation, did he play well?
Sounds like two points dropped, still I won a side bet with a friend of mine who is an Exeter fan and was quietly confident of the three points.

offline chilled out entertainer

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we did not deserve all 3 points, but before the game i agree a draw would have been seen as a bad result. Roy's goal was awesome. loving it.absoluely amazing. BANG!!! get in! what a lovely knock down from manny.

note: to all Prks who insist on abusing drury during the game.STOP AND THINK. would we rather have him on our side or play against him. Why do people jump on his back all the time. Give him a break. When he went on that mazy run in the first half, beating two men and then having a poor shot, there was no "oooh unlucky, kep going andy" etc. The blokes behind decided and i quote "that was S*i*.
Charming. I would like to see them do better.

offline Alan W (GNFC)

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But then Exeter's only effort on goal in the first half, was the goal.

And all they had second half was one effort at 1-1, then that goalmouth scramble. Other than that Wilko had nothing to do either.

And their negative tactics of pulling all 11 men back into their penalty area on occasions didnt deserve the 3 points either

That said we didnt really break them down - but could easily have won it at 1-1, with that chance for Manny that the keeper saved with his feet,and what looked a perfectly good penalty claim when Manny was bundled over.

The good news was that Hereford threw away a 2 goal lead at home to Woking and the Aldershot v Accy game also ended in a draw.

So we remain 4th.

offline Brian A

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When I walked away from the ground I thought a draw was fair but we had two good chances (Moussa's and Saunder's headers) in second half and a blatant penalty turned down. I believe the ref knew he'd got it wrong because he then went on a guilt trip, booking two of their guys for innocous incidents when two team mates had committed professional fouls previously. I feel sorry for Andy Drury. Pre-season described by Andy and Ade as the sort of player who can win you matches he has been given a fixed wide position which doesn't seem to work for him. He seems much more productive (and confident) when in a traditional midfield role. Last season he used to pop up in wide positions "naturally". I think he is playing like a young man desperate to prove himself and as a result is simply trying too hard.
I thought Porter, Saunders and McKimm were excellent today. I wouldn't criticize Wilko for the goal, the header (and I thought Proths was the last one to touch it) just lifted the ball on in virtually the same trajectory as the free kick.
Definitely a penalty, so obvious I was saying "yes" before realising it hadn't been given.
Although a game of few chances a very enjoyable match - how far we have come - to lose two and draw one and still be fourth!!!

offline Slartibartfast

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I believe the ref knew he'd got it wrong because he then went on a guilt trip, booking two of their guys for innocous incidents when two team mates had committed professional fouls previously.

The first booking was for throwing the ball away but the way the Ref pointed to various parts of the ground I think he was pointing out the number of niggly fouls that the no 4 had committed.
The second booking was a nasty tackle that deserved a straight red. Protheroe was taken off immediately and it will be no surprise if he is unfit next week.

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I must agree with you about Andy Drury. All time time those idiots close to where I was standing, were giving him grief as they were to Lovell. These are morons we do not want at Stonebridge. They affect the players and therefore the players lose concentration and we lose matches. Come on you few guys, give these players some leeway.
It's encouragement the players and AF need, not inane remarks by the crappy few. Save your £10 idiots, and go shopping with your better half on Saturdays, If you feel the need to barrack the Fleet, go and do at the visitors end.

offline Ronnie

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Unfortunatly this is something that has gone on at the fleet for years. Some fans, and I've no doubt that they are genuine supporters have a downer on a certain player and give hime stick. I could name loads over the years who have suffered to the detrement of the team. IMO Drury is one of the most talented players I have seen at Stonebridge Road for ages but he is still relativly young and inexperianced. I just wish people would shut up if they have nothing positive to say

offline Bill Kent

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Nice to see Exeter supporters were out in force today and giving good support to their team.

Helps swell the coffers.

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offline WhiteBucket

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Match report now up at Whitebucket.

offline Robbo

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Yeh agree with most of what everyone else has said. Exeter didn't deserve the 3 points so I'm glad Essendoah popped up with that wicked volley. A tough two games up next, away to halifax and home to carlisle. If we can get 3 points or more from the two games that would be brilliant imo. But the league around us is getting tighter and tighter all the time. It's actually quite amazing that all other results went our way today and we didn't lose any places in the league. If we can't get anything solid to take away from them next two we're very likely to start dropping a little. Just preparing everyone for what COULD happen lol. <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

offline Hempstead Gaz

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Not completly surprised the game was a poor one. Exeter were very organised, as one would expect them to be, and were keen to impress their new manager.
Both teams probably would have settled for a draw before the start and both teams had strong looking defences and the midfields cancelled each other out.
We can draw a lot of positves from the game though.
Even without Mooro our back 4 looked outstanding again (apart from the set piece + goal)
Macca and Jay were taking no prisoners today and Roy put himself about well, and what a goal!
Negatives, Andy Druryagain failed to impress (but I didn't moan that much) and Manny looked a bit muscled out by their strong defence.
Any news on Prothers injury?
Looked nasty, but at least he was able to hobble off.
At least we have Gledders to slot in, who has no doubt been waiting impaitently for his chance.
Cannot wait for a good home draw - I bet we get either Canvey or Crawley. Either way if we are at home out next 2 crowds should top 2,000. Let us hope we can put on a show!

offline chilled out entertainer

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I must admit i made a few comments about lovell, but purely from the aldershot incident.Actually thought he played ok when he came on. But I cannot abide teammates niggling each other.
And in my defence i was not shouting them at him.Unike the prat who thought it was a good idea to persist calling drury useless.Nice one.mug.

offline Jimmy

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Did you think Drury played well today then?
I think the reaction he got was nothing compared to the blatant personal abuse Ben Abbey received.

offline Alan W (GNFC)

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I thought it a little strange that Andy took of Ben Surey to bring on Moussa. I guess the idea was that we'd have 2 wide players, but Andy rather knocked that on the head 5 minutes later when he replaced Drury with Lovell (albeit that Lovell was then being played in the wide left position)

offline Alan W (GNFC)

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I think they thought he was poor !! See here :


I didnt notice 2 balls on the pitch I must admit for our goal, but isnt it surprising (not) that having critcised the ref so heavily in the report, the one occasion he apparently got it right was the penalty appeal!

offline jc

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Exeter didn't deserve the 3 points so I'm glad Essendoah popped up with that wicked volley.

Having said that, though, I really didn't think we looked like scoring until Roy's magic - it was a bit of a bolt from the blue, to be honest. Okay, so we had a lot of second half play and put Exeter under a bit of pressure, but actual chances were few and far between. As for Manny's penalty claim, I couldn't really say either way. Overall, though, while a draw was probably fair, we should really be thankful for getting a point at all after the first half, in which Exeter led and kept us at bay comfortably.

I'm afraid I have to disagree with Slarti on Devine's foul on Protheroe - it didn't look particularly malicious to me, and while it was certainly a clumsy challenge, just a yellow card for the tackle from behind would have sufficed in my view.

As for Drury, people who call him 'useless' and other such descriptions on the terraces, they are clearly lying. But it cannot be denied that he has looked out of sorts lately, mainly owing to poor decision-making when on the ball (e.g. going on runs when he should pass, having shots from over-ambitious positions). To his credit, though, he did make a few reasonable cross-field passes in the first half.

offline chilled out entertainer

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Yes, he has not been brilliant,but when other players have bad games they dont get abused.Not since abbey anyway. Put yourself in his shoes, if he keeps getting abused, he is going to want to leave and play for a team where the fans give him a chance to get over a dip in form.
Don't say i didnt warn you.

offline Stu M

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That's a little 'one-sided' that report. Our goal they blame on two balls on the pitch, foul throw, etc, while this little gem was hilarious:

"Devine was also booked following a superb sliding tackle that, of course, the ref saw differently."

Superb sliding tackle? Of course, the Exeter fans had a great view half a pitch away, and with Devine and Protheroe facing in the opposite direction. And what superb sliding tackles catch players on the heel/ankle, causing them to limp off?

offline Bernard

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The abuse for Drury reminds me of that recieved by Darren Smith, a perfectly good player who was taken apart week in, week out by certain morons in the ground.

As for bringing Drury off for Lovell, it seemed a little like a clone coming on the field. He made a few runs and took the odd long range shot, not disimilar to Andy before him. I don't believe Matt recieved the same critisism...

Andy clearly has some tough decisions to make. He must decide on a good plan for defending set pieces, since the last nine goals we have conceded have all come from these. If defence is the problem, maybe Gledhill at right-back is the solution, but that means leaving out Prothers, who has been in good form recently. With Drury out of form and Moussa not firing on all cylinders (I fear him becoming the new Tostao) Andy even has a mini crisis in midfield, despite our wealth of talent in that area.

Beat Halifax and win in the Cup and everything will be fine again, we cannot afford to go on an extended run without a win. Remember Southport two years back...

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