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Exeter match report JPT
06 October 2015 23:04 Post ID: #71435
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Argyle swept aside Devon rivals Exeter City 2-0 in the second round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Another complete team performance, £7,000 prize money in the bank, a 45% share of the 9,441 attendance, a route into the next round and a laugh at Clinton Morrison, not a bad night's work!

2-0 flattered Exeter, it should have been more, we were better in every department and Craig Tanner filled the boots of Graham Carey so well he wasn't missed.

The only hiccup was one set of floodlights sparking out just as the second half started, luckily a 50p was found and the second half continued.

Greens boss Derek Adams brought in Josh Simpson and Ben Purrington for the suspended Carl McHugh and Gary Sawyer and gave a night off to Carey and replaced him with Tanner, the same successful 4-2-3-1 formation was kept with Tanner playing the Carey free (care-free?) role.

We meant business from the first whistle, Jake Jervis had two shots saved and Reuben Reid had a bullet header brilliantly saved by Olejnik in the Exeter goal from a Gregg Wylde cross.

Tanner was causing all sorts of problems for the Exeter defence, he was able to find space and twist and turn and run at the backline. Exeter couldn't cope with our movement and passing, we did look a confident top of the table team.

After all our passing and probing the deserved goal came from a good old fashioned corner. Usually Carey takes all the set-pieces but Tanner took over and floated a corner into the Exeter penalty area and there was Harim Boateng to head in and give us the lead.

Exeter rallied briefly and Luke McCormick pulled off a save from a long range shot by tipping it over the bar.
Still we passed the ball around, from side to side, looking for an opening.
Half time came and the team were cheered off although we only had one goal to show for all our attacking and chances.

The second half was delayed for 15 minutes while one set of floodlights were repaired, the guy in the PA box filled the gap by playing every song related to the word "night".

It seemed we coped better than Exeter with the extended break because we scored a second goal in the 49th minute and it was a thing of beauty.
We cleared an Exeter corner, Peter Hartley played a superb pass to Tanner who was at least 20 yards in his own half, he ran and ran at the Exeter defence, rode two challenges and calmly slotted past the keeper. 2-0 and no more we and Tanner deserved.

After the goal Paul Tydsdale brought on comedy striker Clinton Morrison and he duly received loud boos.
Exeter now pushed forward and left huge gaps in defence, often an Exeter attack would break down, we would counter-attack and if we had played the final ball better or crossed instead of shooting we would be talking about a 5-0 scoreline.

Wylde was guilty of racing away but would always choose the wrong option or play a cross between Reid and Jervis.

We comfortably saw out the game with no alarm and the lights stayed on!

Tanner had a fantastic game, Exeter just couldn't handle him or the position he played, if Carey is ever unavailable for league games we have a very good replacement who brings a bit more pace to the team.

The back four were solid, Hartley and Curtis Nelson must be the best centre back pairing in League Two and special mention to Purrington who didn't put a foot wrong despite hardly playing first team football this season.

Simpson was neat and tidy and Boateng was again at the heart of everything good, although he and Tanner really tired late in the game.
Up front Reid held the ball up well and did a few of his trademark runs at the Exeter defence, he would collect the ball with his back to goal, turn and run and run, both he and Jervis were a little annoyed at Tanner and Wylde for shooting when they were better placed for a pass.

The ref and his linesmen had very good games.

Overall, on this form our team look unbeatable, not only are they an attacking and entertaining team the players also really work hard.
One day we will really thump someone.

MotM - Tanner.

McCormick 7, Mellor 7, Nelson 8, Hartley 7, Purrington 7, Simspon 7, Boateng 7, Tanner 8, Wylde 7, Jervis 6, Reid 7. Subs - Brunt 6, Cox n/a, T Harvey n/a.
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