That’s entertainment - 4-4 draw with Blades
Over the last few years Exeter City fans have got use to expecting the unexpected, and Saturday’s trip to Sheffield United was one of those which still takes a bit of getting used to, writes Gareth Hughes.
Don’t get me wrong, a 4-4 draw at Bramell Lane was a absolute brilliant result and, with the back to back wins against Rochdale and Walsall the previous week, all seems to be back on track, the team collecting seven points out of a possible nine in the last three games.
The Grecians were first to show their intent with an unusual formation that has been described as 4-6-0, with David Noble being the player furthest up front. In the ninth minute, the increasingly confident Daniel Nardiello seized on a mix up between Sheffield keeper Long and left-back Marcus Williams to tap the ball into the back of the net from close range. That was Nardiello's fifth goal in seven days.
Grecian captain, David Noble, broke his City duck with a 20 yards rocket that took a deflection before finding the top corner. 2-0 away from home against the mighty Blades but City were pegged back just as half time came.
After the interval there was plenty of pressure from the home side and a leveller arrived on 65 minutes. The Blades went ahead following a corner to put the home side in front and then, scoring his first of the season John O'Flynn, for the Grecians, levelled the game at 3-3 with a header in the 82nd minute. The entertainment continued with Sheffield regaining the lead . It lasted just a minute, the hard working fans’ favourite James Dunne racing on to a through ball which he slotted past the advancing Blades keeper, 4-4. Awesome entertainment value.
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Manager Paul Tisdale shared the joy of the fans: “It was just a brilliant game and I absolutely loved it. Sometimes, there is a time to just enjoy it and go with it and that was a once-a-season game. I am just so proud of them."
The result places Exeter in 19th position with 15 points to their name. This weekend it's another home game, the visitors being Carlisle United.
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They currently occupy 9th place in the League 1 table with 25 points. They have won 4, drawn 2 and lost 2 of their 8 away games so far, scoring 11, but also conceding 11 goals in the process. Another home win would be brilliant, but there are of course no easy games. Another win and 3 valuable points are what are needed and I am sure with current form we can do this. Come on you reds.
A couple of key dates for your diary are firstly the first round of the FA Cup when the Grecians have a home tie against Walsall on Saturday, November 12.
Prior to that , and closer to home, John O'Flynn will be meeting with the East Devon Grecians on Monday, November 7 at the War Memorial Club (7.30 pm start) . All welcome!