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⏮ League One Rewind: Oldham Athletic 3 City 3

One final League One Rewind - and it's an incredible comeback

17 June 2022

For our final League One Rewind, we wind back the clocks to 2010 when the Grecians completed an incredible comeback to draw 3-3 at Oldham Athletic.

Oldham Athletic 3 Exeter City 3 - Tuesday 23 November 2010

The Grecians came into the match having won their last two matches - 1-0 at Huddersfield and 3-1 at home to Notts - recovering from a slump of five defeats in seven matches, while the Latics had won their last three in the league. 

They were also unbeaten on their own patch, having won four and drawn four of their previous eight league matches at Boundary Park.

It was the worst possible start for the Grecians and the hosts went ahead after eight minutes as Aidan White charged at the centre of Exeter's defence before drilling home from just inside the box.

Things got worse before the 20 minute mark as the Grecians failed to clear their lines, then failed to deal with a dangerous cross from Dale Stephens, who found the head of Oumare Tounkara. The towering striker converted a bullet header to seemingly put the game out of City's reach. 

White should have made in three when he struck the post from the acutest of angles after more suspect defending from the Grecians. Artur Krysiak was then called into action as he denied a completely unmarked Stephens from close range, and while that was a let off, they weren't to be so fortunate on the stroke of half time. 

The disaster of a half was compounded when Chris Taylor rounded of a brilliant passing move to drill under Krysiak and set the Latics on their way to what was becoming a rout.

The Grecians however, had other ideas and would mount a comeback in the set half. That was not before Oldham spurned a golden chance to four up as Dean Furman struck the woodwork from the edge of the box.

A slice of luck allowed City back into the game as Oldham keeper Dean Brill spilled Ryan Harley's low effort, with Richard Logan quick to react to pull the deficit back to two with 13 minutes of normal time remaining. It was City's first real chance of the game, but it wasn't to be their last...

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With confidence restored, Paul Tisdale's men pulles another back with a brilliant goal from Jamie Cureton, who managed to avoid the tackle from the Oldham defender and fired in low past Brill.

Five minutes to go... 

Daniel Nardiello was played through on goal and looked to have shrugged off the strength of Carl Winchester, but the Latics defender was clumsy and felled the striker inside the area, allowing City the opportunity to level the scores in a game they should have been well out of. It was Ryan Harley who stepped up to take the spot kick, but Brill got down low to divert his effort onto the post. Agonising, but the story wasn't quite done...

From that corner City eventually did grab that incredible equaliser in scrappy circumstances. Harley's delivery caused chaos in the Oldham area and the home side just could not get the ball clear before Nardiello managed to nod it home and send the away end into delirium. 

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Krysiak was called into action in stoppage time as his superb save denied Stephens a seventh goal of a crazy game. 

Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon: "We were 3-0 down away from home against a very good side and we bring it back to 3-3, we're just delighted.

"A really good moment for us and hopefully we can bottle a bit of that feeling now and take it into the next few weeks.

"It's easy when you go 3-0 down because you've got nothing to lose and you can free yourself up."

City XI: Krysiak, Tully, Duffy (Noble), Archibald-Henville, Taylor, Golbourne, Dunne (Nardiello), Harley, Sercombe, Cureton, Logan.

Subs not used: Jones, Jones, Cozic, Thomson, O'Flynn.


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