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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
11:43 29th October 2001

Lincoln City v Exeter City

 Cornforth Makes Point
Lincoln City 0 Exeter City 0
Match Report by Mick Bowler (Western Morning News)Caretaker manager John Cornforth saw his Exeter team continue their revival with another away point but now has to wait to see if he will get the job on a permanent basis. Results have picked up since he replaced Noel Blake  at St James' Park, with the Grecians losing just one of their seven league games.Saturdays draw will have done Cornforth's chances no harm at all, with his players showing tremendous commitment and resilience to control much of the game. A decision on the Exeter jobis expected in the next few days and Cornforth said "I've come out and said I want the job and I think I've done a good job since I've been in charge. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed.  I think my record speaks for itself."Last season we got rolled over at Lincoln but this time we could have nicked it at the end.  We had a couple of good chances after Gary Birch came on and gave us a little spark.  We're now coming to places like this and keeping a clean sheet.  That shows the improvement.  I was delighted with every single player.  Everything about them was first class. "The work rate, the commitment and the passion were all there.  The spirit is fantastic.  It's like a close knit family at the moment.  I couldn't ask for any more from my players."Exeter had much the better of the chances in a dour goalless draw with Lincoln's goalkeeper Alan Marriott saving the day time and again for the home team. The former Tottenham Hotspur youngster made a superb early double save to keep out efforts from Christian Roberts and Andy Roscoe.Roberts saw a first-half glancing header pushed out by the keeper and was denied again soon after the break when Marriott made a near post at point blank range. Roberts, who caused Lincoln problems all afternoon, was again put clear in stoppage time but Marriott bravely dived at his feet.  Birch was also unlucky not to get on the scoresheet with a late effort which skimmed the far post.In contrast Arjan Van Heusden had a relatively easy 90 minutes, with Exeter's central defenders Chris Curran and Alex Watson keeping a tight grip on the home strike force. Van Heusden was only really troubled by a 20th minute long range shot from Ben Sedgemore which he pushed over the bar.  But Lincoln only really showed any penetration after the introduction of central defender Steve Holmes as a make shift striker for the final 12 minutes.The big man showed some neat touches and struck the woodwork with a header after, for once, Exeter failed to deal with a left-wing cross from Kingsley Black.
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