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Noone earns Exeter a point at Orient

Leyton Orient
1 - 1
Exeter City

Matchroom Stadium

12/09/09: 3pm

Attendance: 4703


A 45-yard strike from debutant Craig Noone ten minutes from time ensured Exeter City returned from Leyton Orient with a point. The winger, who arrived from fierce rivals Plymouth Argyle last week on a three month loan excelled on the left wing. From that position, the 21 year old put a ball into the box, but which came off the outside of his foot and drifted towards the goal. The keeper could only get a soft hand on the ball as it remarkably landed in the back of the net. After that, both sides pushed for a winner, but neither side looked liked scoring in the final ten minutes.

The home side controlled most of the first half and were good value for their one goal lead going into half time. However, when Orient`s goal came it was fortuitous. Charlie Daniels drilled a free kick low towards the goal from 30 yards out, which deflected off the unfortunate Marcus Stewart and past the stranded Oscar Jansson in the City goal.

Despite Orient`s superiority in the first half, creative midfielder Ryan Harley failed to make the most of a good opportunity on the stroke of half time. Stuart Fleetwood -largely anonymous while he was on the field - dribbled into the box and to the bye line on the left and pulled the ball back to Harley who arrived to strike from inside the box, but could only find the keeper with a tame shot.

City were much better in the second half, and made the most of Noone, who proved an excellent outlet on the left wing. Noone provided City with some much needed width in this match, and in the second period ran at his full back and delivered some good balls into the box. However, Orient were a fraction from taking a two goal lead after veteran striker Scott McGleish hit a superb thirty five yard strike towards the top right hand corner. However, Grecians keeper Jansson was equal to the strike and managed to get a small touch to deflect the ball onto the underside of the bar.

Paul Tisdale brought on Adam Stansfield for the largely ineffectual Liam Sercombe on the hour, and later Barry Corr for Fleetwood. Harley went close for City with a low strike from outside the box which just went wide, but City struggled to create any clear cut chances before Noones` bizarre strike rescued a point for the Grecians.

It is fair to say this was an important game, as it was probably contested by two teams who will most likely finish in the bottom third of the table. A point on the road is always welcome, but City may well have thought Orient were there for the taking. Nethertheless, City will hope for a first home victory of the season as they host struggling Tranmere Rovers for Saturday. I feel Tisdale has to adopt a more positive approach with more than one man up front, and put pressure on a struggling team right from the off.

Star Player

Craig Noone - provided much needed width to the City team, and there was an air of expectation everytime he got on the ball.

Player Ratings

Oscar Jansson 7

The City keeper put in an assured performance, and made some telling saves.

Richard Duffy 6

Solid enough, although provided little going forward.

Danny Seaborne 6

As with Duffy, Seaborne was solid enough defensively but needs to work on his distribution, and often found it difficult to find Noone. City need to find a settled full back pairing.

Troy Archibald-Henville 7

Solid as per usual, but once again some poor distribution from the Tottenham Hotspur loanee

Matt Taylor 7

The captain was the pick of the back four and had the measure of Orient's strikeforce.

Liam Sercombe 4

As with many game this season, Sercombe struggled to make an imapact in the game

Alex Russell 5

Russell is always available for a pass but is simply too slow. City need a ball winner in midfield full of energy, ie. Cozic or Panther

Ryan Harley 7

His form will be crucial in determining the fate of City's season. The midfielder showed his creative qualities.

Craig Noone 8

The left winger is my man of the match, and I'm not sure we would have got a point from the game without him

Marcus Stewart 4

As with Russell, Stewart his simply too slow. Whilst his technical ability is not in question, Stewart struggled to make an impact, and this was apparent in the second half when all the threat came down the left side with Noone

Stuart Fleetwood 4

The on-loan striker was annoymous for most of the match, and is certainly not cut out for a lone striking role. Fleetwood ultimately struggled to make an impact as service coming to him was sporadic at best

Manager Rating

Paul Tisdale 6

I feel Tisdale has to ditch the lone striker tactic as it simply isn't working. Must have made a good half time team talk judging by the second half response, and made a good substitution by bringing on Stansfield for Sercombe. In addition, his decision to start with Noone was clearly justified.

Date:Tuesday September 15 2009
Time: 7:54PM

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