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Exeter City 0-1 Ipswich Town - Half-Time
Tuesday, 14th Aug 2018 20:48

Kayden Jackson’s first goal for Town has given the Blues a 1-0 half-time lead over Exeter City in their first round Carabao Cup tie at St James Park.

Boss Paul Hurst made three changes with striker Jackson and midfielder Tayo Edun making their full Town debuts, and Freddie Sears returning to the XI.

Cole Skuse and Ellis Harrison dropped to the bench, while Gwion Edwards missed out with a minor quad problem.

Teddy Bishop, who last played on Boxing Day, and Danny Rowe were among the subs for the first time this season.

Exeter included ex-Blues Lee Martin, who was making his full debut for the Grecians, and Troy Brown.

Town started positively and as on Saturday passed the ball around confidently. On six, after good work from Edun, Jonas Knudsen crossed deep from the left but Craig Woodman nodded away ahead of Jon Nolan.

Having struggled to get hold of the ball in the early stages, Exeter began to get on top and in the 15th minute ex-Blue Martin struck a curling effort from 25 yards which Toto Nsiala blocked, although it looked to be going wide in any case.

Town quickly regained the upper hand and on 17 a Knudsen cross was cleared out to Trevoh Chalobah, whose volley wasn’t too far wide of Grecians’ keeper Christy Pym’s right post.

Chances were rare occurrences but on 26 Janoi Donacien broke into the right of the box and flicked the ball over Pym across the six-yard box but no Town player was on hand to add the final touch and Aaron Martin cleared.

Exeter should have taken the lead on the half hour when Lee Martin was sent away behind the Blues’ backline and crossed to Matt Jay at the far post but the sliding striker somehow scuffed the ball wide when it seemed easier to score.

With eight minutes of the half remaining, Town went in front. Edun skipped past a couple of Exeter players then as he reached halfway sent Jackson away down the left.

The £1.6 million signing from Accrington cut in virtually along the touchline and looked set to cut back to any one of a number of team-mates but instead smashed a shot into the net off Pym at his near post with the keeper covering the cross.

Whether Jackson was shooting or crossing was the subject of debate, however, the 24-year-old appeared to have noticed Pym straying away from his post and had tried something similar from the other flank earlier in the game.

The Blues were a more confident outfit having gone in front and might have doubled their lead just before half-time when a cross ran out to Nolan 12 yards out from where he hit a shot on the turn which was deflected wide off Jake Taylor.

Soon after, the half-time whistle went with the Blues having been in control for the most part, although with Exeter having had the game’s best chance up to Town’s goal through Jay, who really ought to have put his team in front.

As in their previous two games, Town had been comfortable on the ball and played it around slickly at times, with Edun catching the eye, however, without creating too many clear-cut opportunities.

Boss Hurst will be looking for more of the same after the break and the addition of at least a further goal to seal his first win in charge of the club.

Exeter City: Pym, Sweeney, Brown, A Martin, Woodman, Boateng, Tillson, Taylor (c), L Martin, Jay, Stockley. Subs: Hamon, Forte, Oates, Abrahams, Croll, Collins, Sparkes.

Town: Bialkowski, Donacien, Nsiala, Chambers (c), Knudsen, Chalobah, Edun, Sears, Nolan, Ward, Jackson. Subs: Gerken, Skuse, Harrison, Spence, Bishop, Rowe, Kenlock. Referee: Brett Huxtable (Devon). Att: 3,675 (Town: 351).

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jas0999 added 20:53 - Aug 14
Delighted to be one up. That was however an own goal but who cares?!

unknown100 added 21:00 - Aug 14
Would like to see Harrison and Jackson on together

herfie added 21:01 - Aug 14
Great to be in front. Exeter getting on top. Chambers and Knudesen in particular - senior players - poor. PH must change from one up top.

runningout added 21:11 - Aug 14
Surprised if we get through this round. We look as if we don’t give a sh*t

blueboy1981 added 21:26 - Aug 14
.... early days, early days for sure - but we should be looking a bit more potent in front of goal than this in my opinion.

Our defence looks shaky, and to play one up front is never going to take much in the way of pressure off.
Midfield is not dominant enough, therefore I feel playing two up front has to be the answer.

The best form of defence has always been attack in my book, and it will never change.

herfie added 21:32 - Aug 14
Good to see Teddy Bishop on, and Danny Rowe. But, in truth, we lack quality in the final third, whilst being sloppy when in possssion. Not sure that Knudsen should have travelled! TBH I fear for us against A Villa on Saturday.

FromIpswichToPhoenix added 21:43 - Aug 14
Maybe things look better in person, but what I'm hearing on the radio is bloody awful...

Hopefully things start looking up. I get we're still gelling and it's not even close to be sounding the alarms, but this performance has been tough to hear.

Kirbmeister added 21:48 - Aug 14
Oh dear

blueboy1981 added 21:50 - Aug 14
It is what it is - however sympathetic to the cause people chose to be - SIMPLY it has to improve 100%.

Truth be it that we don't look like winning - when / where will a win come from ?

brockleyblueboy added 21:50 - Aug 14
For heavens sake. Can’t even beat Exeter. Eff you paul hurst and your shi**y league one dog sh*t squad

grinch added 21:51 - Aug 14
oh dear it just gets worse what s terrible start to season can only score 1 penalty aswell we are in troublevthats for sire

Tractorboy1985 added 21:51 - Aug 14
Embarrassing... not good enough... shameful!! Has he got this group of players or are they just not good enough??

runningout added 21:51 - Aug 14
don’t know why I bother travelling to watch this ropey bunch

martin587 added 21:53 - Aug 14
The best thing about my journey was the clotted cream tea in Lyme Regis.Apart from that it was a disaster. Enough said.!

LWNR2013 added 21:53 - Aug 14
Don’t panic. Still unbeaten at home 👍

itfckenty added 21:53 - Aug 14
I'm lost for words, strongest side we have and lose to Exeter.

superbob added 21:56 - Aug 14
no wins and we haven't even played a team who were in the Championship last season yet!

JimmyP45 added 21:56 - Aug 14
Embarrassed in the cup once again. Paul Hurst has a massive job on his hands. Brought in players with either lower league experience or no experience whatsoever.

Tractorboy1985 added 21:57 - Aug 14
Congrats to all those who stomached that.. my hat is off to you all! It’s not panic button but come on we should all be very very worried! He’s got to start playing 4-4-2.. 2 wingers and 2 STRIKERS!! The longer he doesn’t I fear he will start to lose the supporters!

Karlosfandangal added 21:58 - Aug 14
Stop moaning guys we got what we wanted
MM is gone.

Loads of new faces a up and coming manager, a manager who can change tactics and not stick to the same one all game like MM........ooops

smurfsareblue added 21:58 - Aug 14
Very disappointing. Midfield not good enough. Need to pass the ball short and quickly need 2 up front. Get a forward in on loan play some of our hometown players. Knudsen sounded poor. Where is this so called attacking pressing football. Same old same old. Not panicking yet but for god sake sort it out. Concerned villa will destroy us........1 thing though think Jackson could be a player. Needs ball to feet or over top to run on to.

WaltonBlueNaze added 21:59 - Aug 14
Relegation battle to look forward to, shocking team selection tonight - if PH is not going to try 2 upfront tonight then he never mention of any loans either to improve us, the longer our winless streak goes on the harder it will be attract quality players that have experience of the championship - we do NOT need any more league 1 or 2 players.

ChrisR added 21:59 - Aug 14
Will be lucky to avoid relegation .
L 1 and 2 buys just not good enough , and somehow the effort was lacking , lots of mistakes , and useless penalties . Need to get some class in the side soon , otherwise we are doomed .

Walk_the_Wark added 22:01 - Aug 14
2nd game they've all played together....

blueboy1981 added 22:01 - Aug 14
Saddest thing of all is the McCarthy clones will be having a field day - all very well saying 'no need to panic yet'
- as yet we don't look professional, or competent enough, to win an argument, least of all a game.

We have a League 1 side out there - and it shows.

Over to you Evans and Hurst - let's hope between you, you can turn it around, otherwise 18k gates will soon diminish unfortunately.

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