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09:34 10th September 2001

Swansea City v Exeter City

by David Dilkes, Western Morning News

It was the day the Roberts boys came good, but unfortunately for Exeter their fleet-footed forward Christian did not enjoy the same sort of support as his Swansea counterpart, Stuart.

Former Cardiff player Christian Roberts gave Exeter a 13th minute lead that silenced the small Vetch Field crowd and then provided a string of good balls that his colleagues could not turn into goals.

Stuart Roberts provided the corner that set up Kris O'Leary for the equaliser, netted his sides second and had a hand in the fourth to condemn Exeter to a fourth defeat in six winless matches.

City have now conceded 16 goals in that period, and manager Noel Blake left the ground having declined to speak to the media.

The scoreline slightly flattered the Swansea and it might have been different had the Grecians been bale to build on their impressive start.

The sparkling cross-field pass from Geoff Breslan that sent Roberts dancing round central defender Matt Bound before striking a crisp shot into the far corner of the net would have graced any football stadium but, sadly, there was little more to write home about.

Debutant goalkeeper Andy Walker, drafted in at the last minute when Arjan Van Heusden failed a fitness test, looked nervous and unconvincing under pressure and when he came for - and missed - Stuart Roberts 24th minute corner, O'Leary had the simplest of tasks to glance his close range header over the line.

Stuart Roberts was then left unmarked at the far post to head home Nicholas Mazzina's 35th minute cross, and a minute later Graeme Power and Mark Burrows jointly sent Marmaby Sidibe tumbling in the box for a penalty. Bound stepped up to score from the spot-kick.

Exeter did not give up. The introduction of Andy Roscoe for Lee Zabek at the start of the second half added some fire to the midfield and Steve Flack and Christian Roberts both went close.

By the time Barry McConnell headed in a long throw by substitute Chris Curran in the 85th minute it was too late, and ex-Grecian John Williams completed Exeter's misery with the fourth Swansea goal in the closing seconds.
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