Where Sercs couldn't shoot vs Where Sercs can shoot

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So yeah, Oxford vs Exeter.

Seems like Liam Sercombe has somehow turned into a half good and consistent player since joining Oxford. Shame he didn't feel like doing even half of what he's doing when he was at us. All he ever used to do was smash his shots miles over the crossbar and into the Big Bank. Anyway, fair play to him.

Will be a tough game but it is the sort of game we normally do well in. We've beaten Leyton, Plymouth and Portsmouth all while they were top of the league and although Oxford aren't top, this is our sort of game. Hopefully Brown & Wheeler can come back from injury and if they do, I rate our chances.

2-1 win. Nichols & Watkins scoring.
 

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That scoreline would not surprise me. With only 1 point from the last 6 points we appear to be on the crest of a slump.

Furthermore, one of the people instrumental in bringing sercs to the Kassam was Mark Ashton, who was our CEO until he was sacked earlier today.

Sercs plays a different role to when he was at St James Park. He is now an attacking midfielder rather than a defensive midfielder. His ability to get from box to box this season has so far been stupendous. I also think our excessive number of cup matches is beginning to take its toll and the whole team is running out of steam.

The match could well be yours.
 

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Sercombe was never a defensive midfielder. He can't defend at all so we definitely never played him there. He was a box to box player, using his energy and driving runs to get us up the pitch. He also had a couple seasons on the right for us as when he couldn't force out our other centre mids. Expect he'll be really up for the game. Should get a good reception from us being a product from our academy and giving a number of years to the club.

I'd expect around 400/500 of our fans to make the trip. What are ticket sales like on your end, should be a decent crowd?
 

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We will win this and then take a maximum of one point from our next two home games. It'd what we do.

3-1 City. Nicholls, Nichols, Nicholls for us. Ryan Taylor for Oxford.
 

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Sercombe was never a defensive midfielder. He can't defend at all so we definitely never played him there. He was a box to box player, using his energy and driving runs to get us up the pitch. He also had a couple seasons on the right for us as when he couldn't force out our other centre mids. Expect he'll be really up for the game. Should get a good reception from us being a product from our academy and giving a number of years to the club.

I'd expect around 400/500 of our fans to make the trip. What are ticket sales like on your end, should be a decent crowd?


Ticket sales have been a little bit overshadowed by the clamour for Swansea FA Cup tickets, but that has now sold out. If you bring 500 this one may just tip the 10,000 mark, as home sales are about 8,000 ish at the moment.
 

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Just seen Sercombe speaking in the build-up to tomorrows game, forgot just what a twat he was.

He said: “I keep saying it but I did get held back a little bit there. I know some of their fans would say I didn’t, but they can obviously see it now because I’m scoring goals. I do want to go and show them, I want to go and bag a couple of goals against them. I felt that coming to the end they didn’t really appreciate me enough. Everyone will see the way they play – none of their midfielders will go into the box, unless they play three in midfield. I do want to go out and show them what they could have had.”

Quite disrespectful really. Just because he's had some sustained form for the first time in his career he feels he can come out with the "I was too good for them", "they held be back" rubbish. No mention of the numerous times he was carried in our side and should have been dropped or that he was undeservedly the first name on the team each and every week. The fact is he owes everything to Paul Tisdale, so to obviously question and cast assertions over his management is just disrespectful. And "show us what we could have had"? We know what we could have had, mate. Every game you'd either run 30 yards with the ball before not knowing what to do with it and giving it away cheaply as you have no footballing brain whatsoever, or you'd smash a couple of shots high and wide. Rinse and repeat, every week, and I bet you look no different a player when we see you tomorrow. You weren't as apprecaited as you seem to feel you should of been as in your final season as the players you lined up with (Matt Grimes, Ryan Harley, David Noble) all were and still are far better footballers than you'll probably ever be.
 

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"I was too good for them"

I mean, he didn't say that in the bit you quoted.

And "show us what we could have had"? We know what we could have had, mate. Every game you'd either run 30 yards with the ball before not knowing what to do with it and giving it away cheaply as you have no footballing brain whatsoever, or you'd smash a couple of shots high and wide.

Bit disingenuous as he is scoring goals for us. He has 8 in the league and 10 overall, which is more than anyone in your own team per the BBC, and he's clearly going down a storm here. He really got under your skin on Christmas day. :lol:

Anyway, not on the wind up (pre-match, that's a rarity) and looking forward to the game. It's been over a month since I was last able to get to one due to family catastrophes, and I have really missed it. Are you making the journey? What do we expect from Exeter? Do you still have Lee Holmes, and is he brilliant? He turned in a corker of a performance against Swindon when we went down to 10 men early on and won 2-0. Lot of time for him.
 

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We should have been reduced to 10 men. Dunkley should have been sent off and suspect the disappointed grecians will claim this was the turning point of the match. I don't think so. We were far the better team and deserved the 3 points.
 

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We should have been reduced to 10 men. Dunkley should have been sent off and suspect the disappointed grecians will claim this was the turning point of the match. I don't think so. We were far the better team and deserved the 3 points.

As good a two-line summary as any, I think.

I enjoyed the game a whole heap, even if the first half was a bit light on chances. You can see why Exeter have a great record when they're on the road against the better teams. They ran and ran and closed down and defended in the same way that some have said we do - as if their lives depended on it. They came to try and win, they didn't waste time and they weren't overly cynical. Good people to play against.

Things were more even in the first 45 minutes when I felt like Dunkley was really being targetted every time that Exeter looked to play the ball forwards. They also tried out Skarz in a foot race on the left side a couple of times. Not sure Dunkley was the best choice to start today - he's sorely needed in games like Barnet and Orient, but Exeter didn't seem to be his sort of opponent, and he was lucky to stay on the pitch. A bit Captain Hindsight though, I suppose. We also spent a bit too long crossing the ball in to no one - it never works.

In the second half, I thought we were excellent at containing any threat they posed and bringing the midfielders into play when we attacked (Roofe being central helps this so much). The defence handled Exeter's pressing well and played it around them. Baldock is ridiculously good. I am not sure I have seen a better League Two full back, ever. It's easy to forget he's a defender when he bombs past three players or does a couple of step overs before drilling in a shot from 18 yards. But he's bloody good in his own half of the pitch too.

Really enjoyable afternoon, really good performance, hopefully some of the less regular attendees are back in the next month.
 

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Best side I've seen this season. Every player is an athlete. Strong, fast, a good height, battered us all over the pitch second half. Dunkley no doubt should have been sent off but we lost the game as we came up against a much better side.
 

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