Match Report : 11/10/2015

Exeter City 3-3 Stevenage


EXETER CITY:  Olejnik, Noble, McAllister (Tillson 85'), Ribeiro, Oakley (capt) (Davies 72'), Holmes, Moore-Taylor, Wheeler, Grant, Brown, Morrison (Nichols 62').
SUBS: Butterfield, Nicholls, Hamon, McCready. 

Goals: Wheeler 4', 81', Morrison 15'

STEVENAGE: Day, Franks, Hughes, Wells, Ogilvie, Schumacher (capt), Parrett, Conlon (Pett 84'), Whelpdale, Kennedy (Williams 84'), Gnanduillet.
SUBS: Lumley, McCombe, Okimo, Hitchcock, Loza.

Goals: Parrett 39', Kennedy 45', Whelpdale 90+2'

REFEREE: Roger East


STEVENAGE twice came from behind to hold Exeter City to a point in front of the Sky cameras at St James Park.

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale made six changes to the Exeter City line-up for the televised visit of Stevenage, with Jamie McAllister making a welcome return to the side after injury. Clinton Morrison, Matt Oakley, David Noble, Lee Holmes and Christian Ribeiro were the other players to come in.

After Clinton Morrison shot wide in the opening seconds, it was just four minutes into the game that Lee Holmes crossed for David Wheeler to head City in front. But the second goal sent the home crowd into absolute delirium. Wheeler was involved again; it was his cross out from the right side that sailed over for Clinton Morrison to bicycle kick his first City goal in wonderful style.

Stevenage would pull one back in equally good fashion five minutes before half-time - Dean Parrett curled a free-kick over the wall into the top corner.


Tom Nichols was introduced for Clinton Morrison on the hour as City looked to reclaim the lead they had surrendered in the first half, and they nearly did just that as David Wheeler came within a whisker of converting a number of passes from Joel Grant.

Armand Gnanduillet produced an air-shot after Joel Grant gave the ball away in a great opportunity for a breakthrough for the visitors, but City retook the lead ten minutes from time in a quite remarkable fashion. Against the run of play, a ball was played over the top and David Wheeler smacked it on the volley beyond Chris Day.

But City didn't hold on - Chris Whelpdale grabbed an injury-time equaliser for the visitors.


Attendance: 3,235 (97 away)

Man of the Match: David Wheeler