Thursday, 20 August 2009

Good football will bring results

Exeter City played some good football against Yeovil on Tuesday night: the first league meeting of the two sides, incidentally. The first half performance was strong and there were flashes of inspiration, as well as plenty of determination, from City in the second period -- in spite of a significant revival from the Glovers. The concerns are a lack of first-touch sureness and consistency in the final third, the way the Grecians let their Somerset opponents back into the game immediately after the break, and the confidence factor for 'keeper Paul Jones. He is a very good shot-stopper, but sometimes his handling and assertiveness in the box can be uncertain, and his kicking is clearly inadequate. That was the root cause of Yeovil's (exceptionally well taken) equaliser. I'm sure boss Paul Tisdale can sort these and other problems out as the season progresses. He is putting together a side than can and will play attractive football, and that has its own rewards. But it only pays off if the finishing is good.

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