Exeter 4-2 Walsall- Match Report
Report of match 21st April 2012
Exeter 4-2 Walsall- Match Report.
Grecians dream impossible dream
Exeter kept their slim hopes of avoiding relegation alive with an entertaining 4-2 win over 10-man Walsall.
Walsall, who have slipped to just three points above the drop zone, had the better of the first half and almost went in front when Jon Macken hit the inside of both posts, but Alex Nichols capitalised on a mistake by Exeter defender Troy Archibald-Henville to open the scoring for the visitors in the 30th minute.
Exeter equalised four minutes after half-time when Daniel Nardiello headed home after Alan Gow had forced a fine save from Walsall goalkeeper David Grof.
A mistake by Exeter's Steve Tully led to Florent Cuvelier putting Walsall back in front with a fine strike from 20 yards before Emmanuele Smith was sent off after receiving his second yellow card.
Gow drew Exeter level with an exquisite chip from the edge of the penalty box before the former Rangers man put Exeter in front with another fine goal, side-footing home after good work by Billy Jones and Elliot Frear.
It was all Exeter from then on and Liam Sercombe wrapped up the points by finishing from close range three minutes from time after good work by Gow and Nardiello.
|Competition: npower League One Date: Saturday, 21st April 2012 Kick off: 15:00 Venue: St. James Park|
Gow 69, 77
|4 - 2||Walsall
|29||Tom Nichols (Frear 60)|
|24||Elliott Frear (Nichols 60)|
|14||Richard Taundry (Grigg 83)|
|11||Kevan Hurst (Lancashire 67)|
|10||Jon Macken (Westlake 80)|
|2||Darryl Westlake (Macken 80)|
|9||Will Grigg (Taundry 83)|
|5||Oliver Lancashire (Hurst 67)|
|Exeter City cards shown|
|Walsall cards shown|
|12 mins||Manny Smith||Unsporting behaviour|
|66 mins||Manny Smith||Second bookable offence|
|71 mins||Florent Cuvelier||Dissent|
|90+6 mins||Emmanuel Ledesma||Unsporting behaviour|