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Exeter lacklustre at Oldham

Oldham Athletic
2 - 0
Exeter City

Boundary Park

12/12/09

Attendance: 6,230

Referee:

Exeter City slipped to their fourth consecutive as they were comfortably beaten at Boundary Park.

Two goals in the first fifteen minutes of the second half was enough for Oldham to themselves halt a run of four defeats on the spin. The result also lifted Athletic above the Grecians in the League table.

This was a poor away performance from City, more reminiscent of the October defeats at Huddersfield and Walsall than recent setbacks at MK Dons and Bristol Rovers.

Deane Smalley opened the scoring for Oldham six minutes into the second half from the edge of the box, and few could see City coming back after Paul Heffernan`s shot doubled their lead seven minutes later.

Many will point to the collapse at MK Dons as the catalyst for this recent run of results. Prior to that game, City were unbeaten in six and looking up the table. The two subsequent games saw two narrow reverses, and Paul Tisdale`s side were particularly unfortunate to come way from Bristol Rovers empty handed. This game will have been a concern for the City boss, and he will have to ensure that it was a one off. After having no problem finding the net home and away until a couple of weeks ago, City have now failed to find the net in their last three matches. Combined with a lack of clean sheets this campaign, this is a cause of concern.

I confidently stated three weeks ago that I would be surprised if Exeter City were dragged into a meaningful relegation scrap. That was after the adrenaline rush of the 3-1 victory at Stockport. At that point we were seven points above the relegation zone. Now the gap is just two points after collecting a single point out of the last twelve on offer. However, I am not going to eat my words just yet. The table is still extremely tight and a decent run of the results will see the Grecians back on the road to mid table obscurity. Nevertheless, we will have a much clearer picture of the challenges City face when we enter the New Year. It`s a shame Bristol Rovers declined the offer to play at St. James Park on the 2nd January. Despite that, City still have two home games over the Christmas period, with a tough trip to Southampton on Boxing Day.

It is important the City fans get right behind the team over the coming weeks. This league was never going to be easy. Up the City!


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Writer:SupaStix
Date:Sunday December 13 2009
Time: 5:16PM

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# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Northampton 46 29 12 5 99 36
P Oxford 46 24 14 8 86 43
P Bristol Rovers 46 26 7 13 85 31
4 Accrington 46 24 13 9 85 26
5 Plymouth 46 24 9 13 81 26
6 Portsmouth 46 21 15 10 78 31
7 Wimbledon 46 21 12 13 75 14
8 Leyton Orient 46 19 12 15 69 -1
9 Cambridge 46 18 14 14 68 11
10 Carlisle 46 17 16 13 67 5
11 Luton 46 19 9 18 66 2
12 Mansfield 46 17 13 16 64 8
13 Wycombe 46 17 13 16 64 1
14 Exeter 46 17 13 16 64 -2
15 Barnet 46 17 11 18 62 -1
16 Hartlepool 46 15 6 25 51 -23
17 Notts County 46 14 9 23 51 -29
18 Stevenage 46 11 15 20 48 -15
19 Yeovil 46 11 15 20 48 -16
20 Crawley 46 13 8 25 47 -33
21 Morecambe 46 12 10 24 46 -22
22 Newport 46 10 13 23 43 -21
R Dag & Red 46 8 10 28 34 -35
R York 46 7 13 26 34 -36
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