Exeter City to play Noone at Leyton Orient?

Friday, 11 September 2009




And we may get a better performance than last week. Boom boom.

Joking aside, it's somewhat of a joy to see Exeter City finally sign a winger in Craig Noone, even if it is on loan and even if he is from Argyle. Mike Blackstone, who is rarely given to hyperbole, has been raving about him since God knows when and it seems Plymouth fans also think of him highly.

It's been a long time since we've had an out and out winger. Well, ok, a year after Wayne Carlisle left for Turrquay, but Exeter have always struggled when it comes to wide players.

A few years ago, when interviewing then boss Alex Inglethorpe I put this to him - his response was "It's nice to see you've noticed". Actually, the interview kind of improved from there.

But out-and-out wingers have always been something of a rarity at St James Park - and no, Andy Roscoe doesn't count - and we've always tended to go for the players who can play on the flank but prefer to cut in wide: Neil Saunders, Liam Sercombe, Ryan Harley, James Coppinger. The list goes on.

It's a bit much to say one signing will turn our season around, but we need something to cling onto after last week's horror show at Gillingham and Noone will give our game something different.

It also means we can fit a player like Logan or Big Mac into our system and should put less pressure on Harley and Sercombe to push out wide.

You know what, I'm weirdly confident we'll beat Orient this weekend. Given our form, there's absolutely no basis for this but, like Sven taking Theo to the World Cup, it's just a hunch.

(Picture credit: Thought of the Week. I just saw it when I typed 'no one' into Google Image Search and it tickled me)

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