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📝 Match Preview: Port Vale (H)

All you need to know ahead of Saturday's match at SJP

18 September 2020

The Grecians kick off their home league campaign on Saturday when Port Vale make the trip to St James Park.

City began their Sky Bet League Two season last weekend with a 2-2 draw at Salford City and also drew 1-1 in a friedly with newly promoted National League outfit Weymouth on Tuesday night, and will be looking to pick up their second win of the season after the EFL Trophy success over Forest Green Rovers. 

Speaking ahead of Saturday's clash, City boss Matt Taylor said last week’s performance at Salford has given City the perfect building blocks to open their Sky Bet League Two home campaign with a victory.

GRAB A MATCH DAY PROGRAMME!

Exeter City's award-winning programme, which has been voted best in EFL Sky Bet League Two for two consecutive seasons, will be returning this season via a range of formats.

While fans are not yet be able to return to St James Park, the media team at City are committed to producing a whole host of new and exclusive programme content to help bring a slice of the matchday experience to your door.  

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LIMITED EDITION PRINTED COPIES

Limited Editions will be printed for all our home matches in Sky Bet League Two, and are available to purchase for £5 from the club shop website.

200 copies will be available for order prior to each home game, so please get your order in to avoid missing out. Should demand be high, the club will assess the ammount available.

Programmes for the Port Vale are available to order from the club shop by clicking here, and dispatched ahead of the game on Friday, September 18.

DIGITAL DOWNLOADS

The programme will also be available to download via MatchDayInfo for £2.99

Updated for the 2020/21 season, MatchDayInfo allows you download The Grecian on your mobile, tablet or desktop, and will send you updates each time new ECFC content is added to the platform.

Digital Downloads will be available the day before each home game at 1pm.

SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

Whilst the games remain behind closed doors, season ticket holders will be able to access a free digital download from MatchDayInfo by using their season ticket number as a voucher code. 

HOW TO WATCH

You can show your support from the safety of your own home by purchasing a match pass on iFollow for £10 with the revenue (after costs) being split 50/50 between the two clubs as it is a cup fixture. This will mean that you'll be providing the club with much welcome income whilst games are played behind closed doors.

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The stream includes the live commentary*, score overlay and replays.

To purchase a match pass please click here.

Supporters need to purchase a match pass on a web browser. However, once the pass is purchased, users can watch the game via the app.

You can watch the match on your laptop by purchasing a match pass and logging on to the website homepage where the will be a 'Watch Now' button near the top of the page.

This season the EFL have created a new 'iFollow' app where you can watch on your phone or tablet! The old Exeter City app is being phased out, so if you have that please uninstall and download the app:

To purchase a match pass please click here.

For further details on iFollow, please click here.

MATCH DAY COVERAGE

As usual, we’ll have the match covered across our social media channels and we’ll have a post-match interview with manager Matt Taylor and a player as they reflect on the result. 

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LAST TIME OUT

SALFORD CITY 2 EXETER CITY 2 | 12/09/20 | SKY BET LEAGUE TWO

Matt Jay and Joel Randall were both on target for Exeter City as the Grecians left the Peninsula Stadium with a point against hotly tipped Salford City.

PORT VALE LAST TIME OUT

Fleetwood Town 2 Port Vale 1 | 17/09/20 | Carabao Cup R2

The Valiants were knocked out in the second round of the Carabao Cup after a 2-1 defeat to League One side Fleetwood Town at the Highbury Stadium. 

PREVIOUS ENCOUNTER

PORT VALE 3 EXETER CITY 1 | 28/01/20 | SKY BET LEAGUE TWO

Nicky Ajose opened the scoring for City in the last clash with Vale, but the home side fought back and came from behind with goals from Richie Bennett (2) and Leon Legge.

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Match Reports

📝 Match Report: City 0 Port Vale 2

City beaten at home for the first time in a year

19 September 2020

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Exeter City's home league campaign started with defeat as they were beaten 2-0 by Port Vale at St James Park.

A stunning free-kick from Tom Conlon and a composed finish from Devante Rodney secured the three points for an impressive Valiants side, with City struggling to make any real chances count in the final third. 

Coming into this fixture, Port Vale were on a nine game unbeaten league run, which started back in January with a 3-1 victory over Exeter City. They today extended that to 10 games and two wins out of two in the 2020/2021 season. The Grecians however suffer their first league defeat at St James Park since September 2019. 

The Grecians started on the front foot, and in the 6th minute, an inviting ball over the top from Archie Collins forced Port Vale defender Leon Legge into a mistake in which Ryan Bowman nearly capitalised on. But Legge stood firm and made his presence felt, sending Ryan Bowman flying to the floor, in which the ref saw no problem with. 

City started to link up well with some neat passes down the left flank, with Lewis Page in particular making some positive runs forward, but the final ball wasn’t there.

Port Vale then nearly opened the scoring when Worrall’s dangerous cross met Conlon, whose header and shot at the back stick was blocked by the City defence. 

The Grecians had a chance minutes later when Matt Jay made a marauding run down the pitch and delivered a floating cross into the captain Jake Taylor, but his effort was volleyed over the bar.

A foul by Collins on former Grecian Manny Oyeleke gave Port Vale a free kick in a dangerous position, and up stepped Conlon to produce a real moment of magic. His pinpoint free-kick found the upper top right corner of the net, leaving Lewis Ward with no chance what so ever.  

City struggled to react from this, with Port Vale looking comfortable on the ball and having a couple of decent chances through Mark Cullen. City then started to link up well again, with Ryan Bowman beating the offside trap after being played through by  Jay, but Vale keeper Scott Brown produced a stunning 1 on 1 save to keep his side in front.

This was the story of the half for City. Positive build-up play, but lacked the finishing touches in the final third. 

City started the second half brightly and had another penalty shout dismissed when Taylor went down in the penalty area, after a quick ball into his feet by Collins.

Again, City was struggling in the final third, with Legge and Bowman battling fiercely. Taylor had a chance when Bowman’s cross found him, but Vale’s defence proved up to the challenge and his shot was blocked. 

Vale nearly doubled their lead when the second ball wasn’t won in the air after a Rory McArdle header, leaving Mark Cullen unmarked in the box, but he couldn’t get onto the end of the ball.

The second goal of the game did come soon later when Collins appeared to be fouled and was dispossessed on the halfway line. The impressive Devante Rodney was played through and he kept his composure to slot past the on-rushing Ward who could only get a hand to it.  

City’s best chances of the second half came in the last ten minutes of the match, both through Ben Seymour. The first chance came after a brilliant cross by Joel Randall to an unmarked Seymour in the box, but he couldn’t get a solid connection with the ball and it went wide. His second chance came when smart play from Collins found Bowman who crossed into Seymour, but his shot was somehow saved point blank by Brown who deflected the shot onto the bar with his foot.  

Exeter City: Ward, Key (Seymour), McArdle, Dean, Page, Taylor ©, Collins, Atangana (Williams), Randall, Jay (Law), Bowman  

Subs not used: Maxted, Sparkes, Parkes, Fisher 

Bookings: none

Port Vale: Brown, Mills, Smith, Legge, Fitzpatrick, Joyce, Conlon, Oyeleke (Whitehead), Rodney (Robinson), Worrall, Cullen (Montano) 

Subs not used: Visser, Crookes, Burgess, McKirdy 

Bookings: none

 

 

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