Randell Williams credited an excellent team performance as he celebrated his first Exeter City goal in the 4-0 win over Plymouth Argyle in the Devon derby on Saturday.
Williams’ finish – a delicate lob over the onrushing Alex Palmer after 67 minutes – was City’s third goal of the day, while his free-kick had earlier been flicked home by Tom Parkes for the Grecians’ second. Nicky Law scored the game’s two other goals, the first from the penalty spot.
“I’m delighted with it; it’s been a long time coming," said Randell about his goal. "When you can grab your first goal in a derby, it’s brilliant. It was a brilliant performance from everyone.
“When Archie (Collins) slid me through and their keeper came out off his line, I thought I’d go for the dink and he’s gone down early, so I’m delighted.”
City romped to their 4-0 win in some style, with Williams playing a key role down the right-hand side. Despite only being a single goal to the good at half-time, an excellent second-half period – starting with Parkes’ header – saw the Grecians add three goals in the second 45 in a comprehensive victory.
“I thought we were brilliant throughout; I thought our press was excellent, our distribution was really good and the togetherness was fantastic today," said Randell. "It’s one of our best performances this season without a doubt – the fans were brilliant as well, but we’ve got to build on the performance and keep going."
Randell reflected on the importance of the almost 8,000 strong crowd at St James Park for the early kick-off, citing it as “So important. It’s like playing with an extra one or two players on the pitch – they were loud throughout the whole game and they were just fantastic.”
Randell was naturally delighted after the game, quipping “First Devon derby, a goal and an assist, can’t ask for anything more!”
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