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Artur: “A good start to the New Year”

1 January 2013

Goalie pleased with team performance against Wycombe

Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak was one of the heroes in Exeter City’s win away at Wycombe Wanderers, making a critical contribution to the victory with a clean sheet.

The whole City squad put in huge displays in the second half, but Krysiak’s performance between the sticks was particularly impressive.  Even after taking a few knocks throughout the game, the stopper battled on to make a hugely telling contribution to the victory by commanding his area and producing some vital saves.

“It’s the first game in the New Year, and it’s a good start,” he said.  “I’m really pleased with the clean sheet and the three points from another away game.

“We all did really well.  Somehow our away form seems to be better than our home form, but three points is three points and no-one can take that away from us.”

One of the game’s potential turning points occurred when Joel Grant earned himself a penalty shortly after the interval.  However, Artur saved the spot-kick to maintain the deadlock, and then despite being a man down for much of the game, Krysiak was rarely left exposed by his defence who had dealt with everything outside the box.  However once City had taken the lead, he was called into almost immediately after – and subsequently pulled off a top-draw save to claw the ball out of the top corner when it looked destined for the net.

“It was satisfying!  At the training ground with the goalkeeping coach, we’re always told that you at least need to dive, because you never know.  These days, the balls move – it could just hit you.  I just spread myself and managed to save it, and I think it was a really good save.”

Next up, City face a trip to Bootham Crescent to take on York City, who will be going in on the back of a 3-0 victory against Burton Albion.  The Polish goalkeeper spent a short stint with the Minstermen in 2008, before injury forced him to cut the deal short.

“It’ll be another game, another challenge, another three points to play for.  I know the ground very well because I had a loan spell there.  

“It was only two games because after the second game I had dislocated my finger.  But I know the fans and the ground, and I will be pleased to go back to play against York.”

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