Ouch

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Well, that was just plain embarrassing. Exeter being Exeter, it's hard to predict the result with any kind of accuracy, but you'd expect us to beat the bottom-placed team who look consigned to relegation, right?

While we all knew it was going to be a long hard slog this season, losing 1-0 at home to Stockport is a new low of sorts. Perhaps it's my fault. The only time I predict wins in the Gnet Prediction League, we lose. But surely predicting a win over the Hatters was safe enough? WRONG.

Thankfully I wasn't at the Park to witness our worst result of the season, but City can now go either of two ways from this. We can either raise the white flag and continue to limp along against teams we really should be beating, and consign ourselves to relegation, or we can look for a reaction starting with Bristol Rovers on Tuesday. That performance and result should tell us a lot about the team's character in the run-in.

At least Richard Logan got a rare start in the absence of Corr, Stewart and Stanno, and it looks as if he had the best chances. Fleetwood, according to reports, played decently as well. Perhaps we're just missing service from midfield at the moment.

Anyway, we also have another striker - Marcus Haber, on loan from West Brom, and wearer of the number 50 shirt, which is about the number of chances we seem to need to score at the moment. He's ex of the Vancouver Whitecaps, and US and Canada soccer fan seem to rate him highly, so it'll be interesting to see how he does in his short spell with us.

Quite where that leaves McAllister and Watson, other than out the squad, is anybody's guess. Big Mac is probably gone this summer, while Watson remains an enigma. I like both players and would be happy to see them stay, but if they're not getting game time and aren't crucial to the team, then it makes sense to make plans without them.

Speaking of strikers, HaL popped down to Imperial Fields yesterday to check on the development of Exeter loanee James Norwood, who was coming to the end of his spell at Sutton United.

Perhaps it was nerves, knowing that Exeter City's finest blogger was in the crowd, but young Jimmy didn't exactly cover himself in glory: a slightly anonymous game, a spot of petulance to earn a yellow card and a shocking dive for a penalty that went unpunished, young Mr Norwood was lucky to stay on the pitch. Perhaps he's been told he can take Barry Corr's place in the team and just misunderstood this.

Still, there were a few nice touches and he can hit a very good dead ball delivery and hopefully a spell in the Ryman League will have toughened him up. He's certainly a bright prospect. Let's hope the diving doesn't become a regular part of his game though. I'm not above a bit of gamesmanship myself, but there's no place for something Tom Daley would have considered too obvious.

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