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💬 Matt Taylor: "It was always going to be difficult so I am pleased with a point."

City manager pleased with performance at Broadfield Stadium

24 October 2018

Exeter City boss Matt Taylor was ‘pleased with a point’ as the Grecians battled back from a goal down away at Crawley Town to draw 1-1.

City, despite defending resolutely throughout the first half, fell behind in the game just after the hour mark when Filipe Morais curled a shot into the corner of the net. However, Matt Taylor’s side dug deep and equalized when Lee Holmes latched onto Lee Martin’s pass to race through on goal and fire past Glenn Morris. 

“It was a good point on the back of going 1-0 down and having to chase the game towards the end,” said Matt. “I thought it was a really good game of football between two really good teams. 

“They are obviously in form at the moment and very strong at home. We watched their game from the weekend and they blew Newport County away in the second half, so we knew what to expect in terms of how good they were at home and they certainly put us under pressure tonight, but we withstood it very well. 

“I was disappointed with the goal we conceded but then to get back in the game and then potentially nick it towards the end of the game as well was great. I think a draw, in the end, was probably a fair result.” 

It means City have drawn their last four away games but, having stretched the unbeaten run in all competitions to 11 games, against a side that has won six out of their eight Sky Bet League Two home games this season, Matt admitted it was a point gained. 

“I have been privately disappointed on the back of the Grimsby, the Yeovil and Port Vale matches, because we need to turn some of those games into three points,” said Matt. “However, tonight they (Crawley) are in a good vein of form and they are a team towards the top end of the table. So it was always going to be difficult so I am pleased with a point on the back of two long journeys.” 

“All the boys did well tonight. It was a proper game of football and we are pleased with a point.” 

Speaking about Lee Holmes’ goal, Matt added: “It was a great finish and Lee Martin did well in terms of the buildup. However, I have just said to the players that Jono (Jonathan Forte) cleared one from under his bar as did Aaron Martin at 1-0 and at 1-0 you have got to stay in the game and give yourself an opportunity and we could have nicked it at the end. 

“However, we probably wouldn’t have deserved it had we won that game tonight not based on the performance but based on Crawley’s display.”

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