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Amazing the difference of opinions,  but that's what footballs about.

I'll agree that Worrall was dreadful. That said Caprice was very impressive. Only the introduction of Amoo running at them got a very quiet and subdued crowd going.

It's not a bad point but feels like a ' what might of been ' evening.

Onto Saturday when we beat Sutton to move into the top 7 

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Proctor came out 2nd half looking like he had a knock. Was defo a convo at half time to give it 5 mins. Hopefully he can rest up & be fit for Saturday.

Caprice their LWB best player on the pitch. Strong, fast, gave Wozza real problems & one of the few in this league to get the better of him over 90 mins.

I don't think it's a bad point. Table seems to be levelling out now, 1 game in hand over the teams directly above us. If we can win that, our goal difference would see us in 3rd place. A good position to be in with 9 games remaining. 

We seem to say it every game now but the next couple are massive. Sutton on Saturday is a huge game as is Salford on the Tuesday (our game in hand)

What worries me is that there was a few who looked like they'd run out of gas tonight. Proc, Wils, Wozza, Pett, Garrity. Some key players. Hope he gives them 2 x days rest as Saturday will be a right battle against a physical Sutton side, who absolutely mugged us off down at their place. 

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6 minutes ago, ValeForever. said:

Proctor came out 2nd half looking like he had a knock. Was defo a convo at half time to give it 5 mins. Hopefully he can rest up & be fit for Saturday.

Caprice their LWB best player on the pitch. Strong, fast, gave Wozza real problems & one of the few in this league to get the better of him over 90 mins.

I don't think it's a bad point. Table seems to be levelling out now, 1 game in hand over the teams directly above us. If we can win that, our goal difference would see us in 3rd place. A good position to be in with 9 games remaining. 

We seem to say it every game now but the next couple are massive. Sutton on Saturday is a huge game as is Salford on the Tuesday (our game in hand)

What worries me is that there was a few who looked like they'd run out of gas tonight. Proc, Wils, Wozza, Pett, Garrity. Some key players. Hope he gives them 2 x days rest as Saturday will be a right battle against a physical Sutton side, who absolutely mugged us off down at their place. 

It’s easy to say some players looked leggy or ran out of gas when they’ve had a poor game Exeter had a long trip to Oldham Saturday and again tonight I just think we struggled tonight against a good defensive side who came for a draw but at least we didn’t lose but unfortunately Sutton and Mansfield both won but we’re still in the mix 

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55 minutes ago, Walka003 said:

Subs killed that game for me, proctor is so important for this team. When we changed too two in the middle after Pett went off we invited them right back into it.

A good point in the cold light of day, but should be 3. We were the better team for most of it.
 

I thought we were much better with Amoo instead of Pett, I’d be tempted to play Amoo from the start Saturday.

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19 minutes ago, ValeForever. said:

Proctor came out 2nd half looking like he had a knock. Was defo a convo at half time to give it 5 mins. Hopefully he can rest up & be fit for Saturday.

Caprice their LWB best player on the pitch. Strong, fast, gave Wozza real problems & one of the few in this league to get the better of him over 90 mins.

I don't think it's a bad point. Table seems to be levelling out now, 1 game in hand over the teams directly above us. If we can win that, our goal difference would see us in 3rd place. A good position to be in with 9 games remaining. 

We seem to say it every game now but the next couple are massive. Sutton on Saturday is a huge game as is Salford on the Tuesday (our game in hand)

What worries me is that there was a few who looked like they'd run out of gas tonight. Proc, Wils, Wozza, Pett, Garrity. Some key players. Hope he gives them 2 x days rest as Saturday will be a right battle against a physical Sutton side, who absolutely mugged us off down at their place. 

Agree with all this. Great post.

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41 minutes ago, TJHValiant said:

A good performance overall but I just get the nagging feeling that we may just fall short. Exeter were set on for a smash and grab away win but we failed to get the one goal that would have won it. Amoo was brilliant when he came on, Worrall was back to his attacking best and Wilson ran himself into the ground.

However we were not the threat we could have been. Charsley and Benning seemed the weak links for me, with some of Benning’s deliveries poor as were a couple of Edmonson’s late on. I feel generally we are poor at getting the ball into the box effectively  and it has been a bit of a theme, which is another reason for a lack of pens. Myrie-Williams was amazing doing this back in the day and what we’d do for his type now.  

 

I really do feel that Amoo can be our Myrie-Williams, and that it’s a big pity that Clarke/Crosby see him as striker. As yourself and others have posted, he was great when he came on, really energising our attacking play. He often has.

You can guarantee he won’t start on Saturday though. Worrall appears to be undroppable and it seems left midfield is never messed around with mid-game. 

Exeter are a good team, but there was too much hit and hope tonight. Charsley dropped his usual standards, and Benning is steady but doesn’t create. That bit of spark, in the link between midfield and attack, is still a work in progress (hence the lack of penalties like you say). Onwards …

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Really thought that we would win tonight given Exeter's injuries and suspensions but another hard earned point in a match lacking any quality.  I felt like both teams settled for a draw from early on and were frightened of losing the game, they were wasting time and Stone while looking good in goal seemed to take a long time with any restarts as well.  We now have a big game on Saturday where 3 points are needed.  I just hope Gibbo is back soon, we desperately miss him, I think asking Worrall to play that position all year has certainly had an effect on him and definitely not the player he was.

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We lacked something tonight .

There was one move in first half it was class between Benning Garrity and Wilson with Wilson effort turned over the bar by the keeper .

What I didn't understand is why we didn't carry on playing like that all game we seemed tired and rightly so the players have had a lot celebrate lately maybe they overdid the celebrations after saturdays fine win .

So here my marks feel free disagree .

Stone 7 one save straight at him generally good game .

Smith 6 defensively sound passing leaves a lot to be desired though .

Walker 7 didn't put a foot wrong all night in my opinion .

Hall 7 nearly scored but goalie saved .

Worrall 5 effort great as always lacks the pace go around the defender ,tonight found him very loose in possession some of his passing was abysmal .

Charsley 6 

Pett 6 

Garrity 6 played the ball of the night through to Worrall who should have shot at goal but defender got back ,was involved in Vales good bits but there wasn't enough good bits tonight unfortunately  

Benning 6 did OK I thought .

Wilson 7 played well first half had 3 efforts at goal one straight at keeper one turned over the bar and the other well over the bar .

Proctor 6 held the ball up well was hoping Worrall and Benning were going to hit the byline and give  the lad the opportunity score but neither hit the byline all night .

The service was too lame and not to the standard it should be .

Subs 

Harratt and Edmondson showed good youthful energy but Amoo was the  stand out sub .

Decent crowd attendance I thought for a tues with majority of folk at work .

As for the match you wouldn't want watch it again must have being 20 thousand throw ins in that game .

Still in with a chance but needs freshening up if that's the best the players can do  

UTV 

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4 minutes ago, valefan79 said:

Really thought that we would win tonight given Exeter's injuries and suspensions but another hard earned point in a match lacking any quality.  I felt like both teams settled for a draw from early on and were frightened of losing the game, they were wasting time and Stone while looking good in goal seemed to take a long time with any restarts as well.  We now have a big game on Saturday where 3 points are needed.  I just hope Gibbo is back soon, we desperately miss him, I think asking Worrall to play that position all year has certainly had an effect on him and definitely not the player he was.

Worrall took a whack and also had to deal with Caprice who admittedly only had a right foot but he caused us all sorts of problems, I said to my Son that if Exeter had been full strength and we had Conlon and Gibbo on it would still have ended goalless, they were a well organised unit ...Thats football on to Saturday.

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7 minutes ago, valefan79 said:

Really thought that we would win tonight given Exeter's injuries and suspensions but another hard earned point in a match lacking any quality.  I felt like both teams settled for a draw from early on and were frightened of losing the game, they were wasting time and Stone while looking good in goal seemed to take a long time with any restarts as well.  We now have a big game on Saturday where 3 points are needed.  I just hope Gibbo is back soon, we desperately miss him, I think asking Worrall to play that position all year has certainly had an effect on him and definitely not the player he was.

Most definately a good point won. Exeter will be in an automatic spot with FGR and Mansfield. Very good defence tonight and ran all night to give us no time and space.

It looked one game too many for us in a great run of games. We did look tired and struggled to get going. A good point won. Garrety, Charsley, Worral all run into the ground early on i thought, had very little left.

Our injuries are just as bad , if not worse than Exeter. We still have first team players out injured who are crucial to us. Conlon, Gibbons for sure. Hussey, Martin would have pushed to play tonight. Jones, Taylor also missing. We had a very weak, unbalanced bench and it showed after 90 mins i thought.

Sutton will be a different game and just as tough a battle. Big team and direct. Fast too so hope we have recovered and can last 90 mins. Great if we can get back to a win and three points. We will need goals Saturday. We need Proctor and Wilson from the start.

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Not the end of the world that… the chance where we played it around d their back line and Wilson fired the effort at goal I think he first half was the one… if that had gone in we would have opened them up.

They came for a point in difficult circumstances and for one.

I have said it before and I will keep saying it… if we had kept Conlon, Wilson, Proctor and Gibbo for all season we would be top of this league now.

Keep Gibbo and Conlon in the summer and keep them all fit next year and we will be right up there again! 

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10 minutes ago, Iron Curtain said:

Not the end of the world that… the chance where we played it around d their back line and Wilson fired the effort at goal I think he first half was the one… if that had gone in we would have opened them up.

They came for a point in difficult circumstances and for one.

I have said it before and I will keep saying it… if we had kept Conlon, Wilson, Proctor and Gibbo for all season we would be top of this league now.

Keep Gibbo and Conlon in the summer and keep them all fit next year and we will be right up there again! 

4 quality players but Gibbo in 5 years of being first choice has played 109 games, around 45% and over the last 2 seasons, started just 32 games.  Wilson another quality player but again never had a full season since he started out when he has been fit, Proctor has started 120 games in the last 5 years, all great players but I am not sure they can be relied on for a whole season, Conlon I guess we have been unlucky with as he never seemed to be injured much previously.

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I would say Exeter looked the best team we've seen this season, sharp quick passing and in general quicker players. We are a workmanlike team but definitely lacking pace in several areas

We needed to bombard them to get the upper hand but after Proctor went off it was never going to happen. Too many players looked tired tonight and we seemed in panic mode at times when defending

That said we didn't lose and kept a clean sheet. Can't help thinking though they came for a point with players out and a missed opportunity to stamp our claim on the top 3.

9 games left, need to get 15 points to sneak in the playoffs, automatic maybe 6-7 more. Can we keep the intensity going? On tonight's showing no but there will be twists and turns to come. Injuries will be the ruin if we get too many more

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Thought it was alright tonight but I think it’s fair to say we didn’t quite do enough to win the game. Lots of nice play and no shortage of effort from us so take the point and move on. 

If only Amoo had got there first right at the end a decent result could have been a great one.

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