Captain Bennett looks back at victory against TupiNewly-appointed captain Scot Bennett has two games under his belt with the armband – and has already picked up two pieces of silverware from Brazilian host clubs Fluminense and Tupi.
The first trophy was awarded as a result of a draw against the Fluminense XI at Laranjeiras, while the second was presented following a 2-1 win against Tupi in Juiz de Fora.
Working on shape and fitness for the forthcoming season is the prime concern in pre-season, but Bennett was pleased that the Grecians were able to fashion a win from a losing position against Tupi.
Jimmy Keohane and Danny Coles were the goalscorers for Exeter, following a bit of a poacher’s goal by Maranhão in the second period as City demonstrated an ability to react well to their situation.
“Football is all about winning – whether it’s pre-season, the league or in the cup – all we want to do is win games,” said Scot.
“So that’s the main thing – to get the two goals and come from behind is a good omen and shows we’ve got the character to do it.”
The second game was a different type of challenge to the first. Tupi, who found time in their Série C schedule to host Exeter, were a different prospect to the Fluminense team.
The young Fluminense team were skilful and talented young footballers – and while Tupi also had no shortage of ability, they also had the knowhow to mix their style of play to good effect.
“It was a really good test, with Tupi coming towards the end of their season,” explained Scot. “They came out in the first half and really pressed us up high, and I think we struggled with that a bit in the first half.
“But I think we dealt with it a bit better in the second half and came out with a bit more of a gameplan, and I think it worked well. To get the two goals towards the end was brilliant.
“They looked to play the ball long a bit more – Fluminense were a bit more adventurous with playing it around at the back. That was the main difference.
“They could play, but they could mix it up a bit and they were quite physical as well which was a different test for us and the lads dealt with it quite well.”