Going into today’s game at St James park the phrase ‘six-pointer’ had been used a lot, which may seem a bit premature seeing as it’s only January, but the form the two south west teams meant that nothing more than a win would suffice, especially for the home team, in what was traditionally a friendly ‘derby.
Exeter lined up aggressively with three upfront, and it was close to paying off inside two minutes when James Dunne’s volley rattled the bar from 15 yards after good work out wide from Daniel Nardiello. However the Grecians quickly fell back into bad habits with aimless passing and poor defense allowing Yeovil to take a grip of the game. After another half chance from Dunne, The Glovers were unlucky not to take the lead when Steven Macleans delicate lob could only clip the cross bar as he found himself one on one with Exeter keeper Artur Krysiak.
Unfortunately it was only a matter of time until the Grecians fell behind and in the 39th minute Krysiak failed to collect a corner which resulted in Andrew Williams calming the final touch as the ball was scrambled into the net to the delight of the 700 traveling Glovers.
After the break Exeter made a quick substitution with Bauza being brought on to replace the noneffective Jake Taylor, and slowly the momentum began to shift in favor of the Devon side as they started keeping the ball on the floor and began to look threatening.
City had a great opportunity to equalise when Richard Logan flicked the ball on to create a good chance for Sercombe inside the box, but the Exeter born midfielder was crowded out just before he could pull the trigger.
Thankfully the equaliser which Exeter deserved finally came when Bauza worked a lovely ball inside to Logan who drilled the ball into the bottom corner under pressure and sent the St James Park faithful in to raptures.
As the second half progressed Exeter kept pushing for the second goal as Yeovil invited more pressure by failing to clear their lines on numerous occasions. Noble linked well with Bauza to create a half chance and then in stoppage time the Spaniard found himself with plenty of space after a delicate turn but could only watch as his shot went inches wide of the far post.
A point seemed fair in reflection, but in truth it was a poor game, with two very poor sides. Exeter didn’t look in it at half time, but a good last twenty minutes could have easily seen them sneak a win. Aside from Logan and Bauza it was a pretty bad performance. David Noble has been subject to a lot of criticism in the last couple of weeks, and it looked likely to continue if today is anything to go by. Yeovil showed some glimpses of good football, and they got fortunate with Krysiak making a mistake for their goal, but once the equaliser came it seemed like they were doing their best to lose it.
The Glovers will be far the happier of the two sides coming away with an a hard fought point, but as both teams know, these are the games that you need to win to stay up, something which could be very hard for both.