City fortunes on the up
PUBLISHED: 16:34 11 November 2011
After the euphoria of the previous weekend in Sheffield, City fans were looking to see if the Grecians could extend their undefeated run of three games to four when Carlisle were the visitors, writes Gareth Hughes.
The teams battled out a 0-0 draw. Whilst it was never going to be as exciting as the previous week, it was as important for both teams. In simple terms, Carlisle wanted to leapfrog themselves into the play offs, and City wanted to avoid being sucked back into the bottom four.
City came out on top , this draw leaving them in 19th position, two places above the relegation zone while Carlisle remain in 10th place and two points outside the play off places.
The Grecians had the better of the first half, and Jake Taylor, David Noble and Daniel Nardiello went close.
Carlisle, who were forced into an early change of their central defender, had a Matt Robson shot from distance deflect off Troy Archibald-Henville just wide. The second half was much scrappier and Carlisle had a few chances. Liam Noble, for Carlisle, shot just wide from the edge of the penalty box and substitute City goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley made a superb stop to deny Lee Miller. Exeter's best chance fell to John O'Flynn, but he shot weakly into the arms of the Carlisle keeper from 15 yards, while Miller screwed wide for Carlisle in the last minute of the game. Overall, it was a hard fought game. Manager Paul Tisdale commented: "Today they were required to do something different, and that was to keep their heads and play safe. We did particularly well in the second phase, when balls went in the box. ."
●This weekend it’s an FA Cup clash at home to Walsall. Having beaten them 2-1 away from home in the league, City should have the psychological advantage.
●The emergency loan deal for midfielder Matt Oakley has been extended for another month. Jake Taylor’s loan has also been extended.
●City striker John O’Flynn visited the East Devon Grecians. More details and a full report on our website www.eastdevongrecians.com.
Other important dates for your diary are Saturday, November 19 when City are away to Yeovil, and then another home game on Saturday, November 26 when City are hosts to Tranmere.