Barnes and Double Trigger's Tranmere arrive at the Park

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Elementary my dear Ben Watson

Here at Happy as Larry, we like to think we’re a bit beyond the knee-jerking angry phone-in-baiting uberfans who call for the manager’s sacking after every narrow loss. But this weekend, we may make an exception. At the very least, we’ll be a bit miffed if Exeter don’t beat Tranmere.

Now, let’s just back up for the moment. No team has a God-given right to beat another team and City shouldn’t take Tranmere for granted. There’s every possibility they could hurt us.

But, but but… there’s no ignoring the fact that Tranmere are currently among the worst teams in the division. The appointment of John Barnes doesn’t seem to be working and they’ve yet to win away all season.

In short, City have a great opportunity to get their first home win of the season on the board.

But there’s the dread that we may again play a cautious 4-5-1 against the division’s basement team, and fail to take the game to Tranmere.

As has been said before, playing 4-5-1 away from home isn’t a problem to me, and it certainly looked effective at Leeds, but if we line up as we did against Orient and play like we did, the natives, unforgiving at the best of times, may get restless. Regardless.

Plus, it would be good to have at least one targetman in the box to take advantage of the fact we have a winger. I’m drooling just thinking about what Richard Logan could do with service from Noone.

And then there’s the wildcard that is Ben Watson, who’s been very much the forgotten man of Exeter over the past season due to a long injury lay-off, but five goals in two games for the rezzies suggests he’s champing at the bit to get involved again.

The jury’s still out on whether Watson is League One standard – after all he was peripheral in League Two last season and just starting to force his way into contention before his injury, and he wasn’t around long enough in the Conference to make any kind of judgement. Cracking penalty against Torquay in the playoffs though.

But he is fit and scoring in the reserves, and there’s worse games to throw a player into than Tranmere at home. A spot on the bench for young Watson would be a welcome sight.

And the rest of the squad? The official site says Big Mac is still injured, along with Jonah, Golbourne, and Joe Burnell, who has yet to make an appearance for us.

As ever, we’ve absolutely no idea what the squad will be on Saturday, but we’re praying there’s more than one man up front. Even if it is, we trust in Tis to make the right selections..


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