Grecians - off day or not good enough?
To say that last Saturday, Exeter City returned to league action would probably leave me wide open to some form of mis- reporting, writes Gareth Hughes.
To say that last Saturday, Exeter City returned to league action would probably leave me wide open to some form of mis- reporting.
Sure enough the team and over 300 travelling fans made the trip to Huddersfield, and that's where the Exeter City action ended, as Huddersfield stormed to a 4-0 victory.
In simple terms the "Terriers" terrorised the Grecians with a super show of attacking football. Huddersfield, whilst undefeated at home, included in those stats two 0-0 draws and their last victory was on August 29.
Huddersfield stormed to a compelling win with super striker Jordan Rhodes scoring a hat-trick of headers in eight devastating minutes.
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Rhodes struck after 44, 50 and 52 minutes and has now scored 11 goals this season for a Terriers side who, sadly for City, returned to their early-season form. It's possible that Rhodes' hat-trick is the fastest headed hat-trick ever in British football, putting the game somewhere in the record books. In fairness, it was a relentless mauling and City could only manage one shot on target to Huddersfield's 11, and the corner count was 16 to 5!
From a fan's point of view, I think City had a very bad day and Huddersfield played exceptionally well.
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Speaking for the team, veteran player Rob Edwards said: "First and foremost we know we have let ourselves down. Obviously, we are disappointed for the people who travelled up there and we let the manager down as well. There were some harsh words said after the game and the fact is that if you are not good enough to go where the club and Paul Tisdale wants to take the club, I'm afraid you are going to get left behind. Paul Tisdale has told the players that he will have to work out whether it was an off day or whether we are not good enough. It was as blunt as that."
Moving on, and, hopefully, upwards, City are away again this weekend - this time with a relatively short trip to the West Midlands for a League 1 fixture with Walsall.
The Saddlers currently occupy 15th place in the league table, just two places and one point above the Grecians. In six games on their home patch, they have gained just seven points, having won just one and drawn four games - scoring eight goals in the process and also conceding eight.
No predictions from me on this one, but I just have that feeling there will be an almighty reaction from the team, and pride will be restored. Come on you Reds!
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