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📸 PPA UK: January and February

A month-by-month look at the action from club photographers PPA UK

20 June 2022

As we take a look back at last season month by month via our club photographers PPA UK, we now head into January and February, where signs of something special happening began to grow.

A Papa John's Trophy match at home to Portsmouth is where we start, with PPA capturing this epic stadium shot before the game.

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Our first win of 2022 came at home to Scunthorpe United, when Jevani Brown and Offrande Zanzala - on his City debut - scored his first Grecian goal. 

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Jevani Brown is mobbed by his teammates as he scores City's first goal against the Iron at SJP to set the Grecians on their way to a 2-0 victory.

The wins kept on coming and it was a memorable away day at Walsall as City picked up another 2-0 win. It was also a special day for One of Our Own...

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Tim Dieng celebrates his goal as the Grecians take the lead in a 2-0 win at the Banks's Stadium.

The second goal of the afternoon was a late header from Cheick Diabate - his very first professional goal - and he celebrated the moment in style.

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One of Our Own, Cheick, runs into the crowd as he celebrates his first professional goal.

Into February and the late goals kept coming. A goal down in the last ten minutes at Swindon, Tim Dieng and Jevani Brown were on target as the Late Late Show snatched a 2-1 win at the County Ground.

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Three days later and City were heading for a drab goalless draw at home to Leyton Orient. That was until Cheick Diabate decided one goal in a fortnight wasn't enough, so he went and bagged another one in the second minute of stoppage time to send SJP into raptures.

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Cheick Diabate rises highest to head home a late late winner at home to Kenny Jackett's Leyton Orient.

And then, just a week later, one of the best games ever witnessed at St James Park. The Grecians were surprisingly 3-1 down at home to Harrogate Town deep into the second half, but managed to pull it back to 3-3 thanks to goals from Tim Dieng and Jonathan Grounds. A point would have been satisfactory after a lacklustre first half, but Jack Sparkes had other ideas...

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Jack Sparkes is mobbed by his teammates as his 96th minute wonder goal seals a stunning 4-3 win, sending St James Park wild after one of the greatest games ever seen at St James Park.

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I'm sure Chaz the Groundsman didn't mind a knee slide *on this occasion*, eh Sparkesy?

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