Sunday, 30 August 2009
At 51 minutes into yesterday's game, I started caring about the result. Up until Barry Corr pulled one back for City, I'd been in a state of semi-sulkiness.
HaL had already stated that, hammering Franchise FC apart, it wasn't a game that held that much interest. Yeah, well, whatever. We were just being petulant teenagers.
But going two-nil down within six minutes didn't really encourage much in the way of caring, as ex-Them Lot Down The Road striker Jermaine Easter hit a brace. At that stage, all planning and tactics go out the window.
At half-time, our woman in the ground, Oj, had this to say via text message:
"Bad start and now struggling to look up for it. Only 1 guy in midfield seems to be winning any balls. Had a yellow card [Corr] who just nearly missed another one and being sent off! But things are picking up slowly."
And pick up they did and my text of "Yesss!" crossed paths with Oj's "We got one back" as Barry Corr netted his first goal for the club.
And that's that really - from the post-match phone call Oj said Exeter pushed and pushed but just couldn't find the breakthrough. Which is a common recurring theme for City.
What follows is a bit of ill-informed I-haven't-seen-the-game analysis.
Franchise were always going to provide a stern test and should be up there come the end of the season, and it's never easy when you go two down so quickly, so credit to City for going at it and nearly getting a point.
But, as we mentioned after Leeds, we can't keep coming away from games playing well enough to get a point or three but not taking them.
From the sounds of things, City took 45 minutes to get started. I have no problem with Tisdale's cautious policy, especially if he, like many of the players, is still figuring the lead out. But we also need to have a bit of fight.
For teams at the wrong end of the table, home form is vital. Exeter have yet to win at home next and have now got a couple of tricky, but winnable, away ties to Gillingham and Leyton Orient before facing Tranmere at home.
We can - and should - take points from all three games, and it'll be comforting to get a few more points on the board. Not that I think we'll go down, mind.
Oh, and the AFC Wimbledon v Oxford game I was planning on seeing? Turns out I needed to go to the ground in Kingston, in person, with proof of ID and address to get a ticket.
Much as I'd have liked to have supported the Dons on a day we were up against the pariahs of Franchise, bugger that for a game of soldiers.