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💬 Aaron Martin: "It is just frustrating because I thought we handled their threat quite well."

Exeter City's defender reacts to City's 1-1 draw with Newport County AFC

18 August 2018

Defender Aaron Martin admitted it was a frustrating afternoon as Exeter City were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Newport County AFC on Saturday.

Newport, who came into the match on the back of a 4-1 win over Cambridge United, started the match brightly but the Grecians restricted them to a close-range shot that Jake Taylor cleared off the line before they took the lead through a Jayden Stockley header in the 21st minute.

City then had the better of the second half, with Joe Day pulling off a stunning save to deny a close-range header from Stockley before substitute Nicky Law rattled the crossbar. 

So, therefore, it was frustrating when Mark Harris stole possession off Dean Moxey and then got a lucky ricochet on his way into the area before firing a shot into the back of the net.

“It was a frustrating finish,” said Aaron. “We had a few chances to win the game and unfortunately the ball wouldn’t go in. It is just frustrating because I thought we handled their threat quite well. I don’t think Christy Pym had many saves to make. 

“It is a disappointing goal to concede from a defensive point of view. However, I think we have been defending really well as a unit. It was quite a soft goal to concede but these things are going to happen. So we will pick ourselves up and go again.” 

Aaron added that the team must take the positives out of the game though and the fact that they are still performing well and creating chances is a plus.

 “I think we have shown that we are scoring goals and playing well,” he said.  “It was just one of those days today. We had three or four good chances and the ball just wouldn’t go in. On another day it goes in and we win 2-0 or 3-0. I think if we got the second goal we would go on and win it.”

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