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08:47 08 February 2013

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Last Saturday Exeter City secured a home point against Aldershot. That result, alongside other results, leaves City still in a playoff position and has many City fans still confused about the team’s home form, writes Gareth Hughes.

As we have come to expect though, in football there are many contrasting opinions with everyone keen to voice their own.

After the game Sidmouth fan Ian Emerson’s first reaction after the game was that he was pleased with the result against a team who had battled hard to earn their away point. His views were not only backed up by Paul Tisdale but also by City defender Pat Baldwin who commented: “It was pleasing that we kept a clean sheet. That’s a big positive to take out of it. It wasn’t a great day for a game of football really, it suited them more than it did us, so we’re pleased that we ground a result out.”

The reality is, of course, is that a football team cannot win every game and it’s as much a game of opinions as football.

The first half was pretty dire to watch, with the point apiece doing little for either side’s respective promotion and relegation plans. Aldershot seemed set up in a similar fashion to the way they had played at Middlesbrough in the FA Cup fourth round the previous weekend, which had seen them almost claim a memorable draw against the Championship club.

It was indeed a desperately poor first half, evidenced if it were needed to be, by an almost lifeless crowd, with the players having to contend with a difficult pitch and, in fairness, Aldershot looked more likely to score, especially from set plays and corners.

Exeter’s starting point in a game, to their credit, seems always to play their passing game. The difficulty some fans have with that is that the more physical teams are wise to this and can appear to be physically superior in the tackle and in breaking up the game.

Positives from the City performance are an improving influential performance from Guillem Bauza who started his first full game after a long period of injury, Alan Gow, a master of control and trickery with the ball at his feet, was releasing the ball a lot quicker, and Cureton, whilst he did not cause his usual problems for the Shots’ defence, completed his first full game following a three-match ban and his part role in the Torquay game. City did manage to open the play late in the second half and passed the ball with improved accuracy but unfortunately with no goals.

● This Saturday it’s an away trip to Morecambe who, in mid-table, trounced York City 4-1 last Saturday, away from home. Morecambe have lost just three games at home having also drawn six times. The Grecians have won nine of their away games and whilst a tall order, another away win would be brilliant and even an away point well received.

As the final league two places are sorted at the end of the season it could be very telling how important a point gained is - including the one from last Saturday. Come on you Reds!

●The next home game is on Friday, February 15, which kicks off at 7.45 pm with Accrington Stanley being the visitors.

●On Monday, February 11, all are welcome to the War Memorial Club in Sidmouth where City players Artur Krysiak and John O’Flynn are the visitors to an East Devon Grecians open quiz evening starting at 7.30 pm.

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