Momentum builds at Exeter City

Exeter City recorded their first win of the season at St James Park last Saturday, 1-0 against Charlton Athletic, last season's playoff semi-finalists

Phil Parkinson's Charlton, denied the previous weekend by an exceptional display from Norwich keeper Fraser Forster, found Paul Jones in similar form as the promotion favourites searched for three vital away points. City scored from what, for some, was a controversial penalty given in the 92nd minute, converted by Ryan Harley.

It was a tremendous end to the game for Grecian followers, who looked set for a hard-earned point. If evidence was needed of the Grecians’ superior overall performance, the visitors’ goalkeeper, Darren Randolph's, performance earned him a place in the Football League's Team Of The Week for League One!

It was a fine Grecian performance. With City unbeaten at home this season- having drawn against Colchester United and Bristol Rovers - it was clear from the start that the team were determined to bag three points. The tactics seemed to include a shoot on sight policy, with Liam Sercombe and Ryan Harley looking sharp and being prepared to have a go from distance. The statisticians gave possession 58 per cent in favour of Exeter, and manager Paul Tisdale said: "I think we would have been disappointed with a draw because I think we played with real conviction and we looked like the team most likely to win. The penalty was a contentious and hugely important decision, but we deserved the win whether we had got the penalty or not."

? This Saturday it's a 700 mile round trip to Hartlepool, one of the longest journeys for League One action. The Monkey Hangers lost twice at home and drawn away.

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Its early in the season, but I have the feeling that there is momentum already building, and I reckon another win is on the cards. Come on you Reds!

? There is a coach leaving Sidmouth for all away games and for more details please contact Di Lee on (01395) 577567.

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