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Perryman: A Professional City Performance

9 April 2016

Grecians' Director of Football reacts to Yeovil win

EXETER CITY Director of Football Steve Perryman hailed the professionalism of the Exeter City performance after the Grecians secured a 2-0 win at Yeovil Town to make it five away wins in a row.

Goals from Ollie Watkins and Jake Taylor, like at Crawley in the previous away trip, won it for the Grecians, who are now level on points with Wycombe Wanderers and AFC Wimbledon as the three chase the final Sky Bet League 2 play-off spot.

"Especially after the quality of the win last week, it would have been easy to come back down to Earth with a bang," Steve said. "But we've kept it going; I thought that we looked very professional. The performance was built up by good defending - we had to deal with a lot of crosses going into the box, and the two centre-backs dealt with what they had to. We didn't create that many chances, but the strike rate was good enough.

"Ollie keeps going - he's got a lot of talent, this boy. But don't get carried away - it's just another game for him. It was a very important game, as if we'd have stepped off the pace, our season would be over. Yeovil had some talent on show, but it took some clinical finishing to beat them. The second goal made the game a bit more comfortable for us, but we had to be very careful today, and we were.

"We had a bit of a downturn in the middle of the season, where the home form wasn't so clever. The home defeat to Oxford stung, but since then we've got our act together. Credit to the chaps - we've got a very professional manager, and the lads are mirroring his professionalism. Paul has had a bit of an illness this week, but he's done his work selection-wise. He's got some tough decisions to make now - when the likes Christian Ribeiro and David Wheeler not getting in the team, that tells you that you've got a very good team. That wasn't necessarily the side that will play next week; we have a tough game against Northampton, who were promoted today, but it's all to play for."

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