Time to bury Bury

Date published: Monday 20th February 2012 11:02

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Exeter City’s next game is against Bury at the one and only St James Park and it’s19th versus 13th with Bury having won the reverse fixture earlier in the season mainly thanks to Andy Bishop who has been a thorn in the Exeter side for years.

It is an important game for both teams but City boss Paul Tisdale will see this as one he needs to take three points from. With no disrespect to our Northern guests Bury are not an especially talented team and they don’t play scary attacking football. There is no need for any fear amongst the Grecian ranks especially after the win against Sheffield Wednesday and a credible performance against Charlton which deserved more than a defeat.

The Exeter City squad has yet to really settle this season but some players do stand out. Billy Jones has come back in at left back with the departure of Scott Golbourne and has been absolutely fantastic. To score a goal as well as play so well must be pleasing for the lad who has been sat on the side lines for so long.

David Noble continues to be my player of the season by quite some way. Unlike some fans I believe we are genuinely lucky to have someone of his obvious ability and poise. Bristol City fans still rate him and opposition fans are constantly praising him. It’s just a shame that City fans don’t always appreciate or support him to the full as they should with every player.

Artur Krysiak is having a mixed season as first choice custodian. For every mistake he does make he pulls off two or three absolutely top drawer saves and has been consistently doing so for months now. My only worry is that another club may recognise this ability at a relatively young age and tempt him back up the football pyramid.


Guillem Bauza continues to frustrate as he plays one fantastic game followed by a poor one. It is patently clear he can turn a game on its head he just needs to do it more often. I think with a more appropriate front line and a couple of goals Bauza could take League One by storm.

Dan Nardiello is having a frustrating time and his attempted hand of god style goal against Notts County was absolutely ridiculous and he deserved his yellow card. It certainly wasn’t his first stupid card of the season and I would expect Steve Perryman to be having a word in his ear about his temperament. If he put the amount of energy in to scoring that he puts in to being angry at officials he would score a lot more.

I really hope Richard Logan is given the chance to prove himself before his contract is up again in the summer. He is trying really hard to get fitter and his strike rate this season is good considering he has not played a great amount. He is also a genuinely nice bloke and a lot of City fans would be genuinely disappointed if he does leave in the Summer myself included.

Back to the game and if City can maybe run at Bury a bit more than they have been doing then they are there for the taking. We need James Dunne to play like he did against Chesterfield and get at the opposition and Jake Taylor can help with this too.

We also need to tighten up the marking at set pieces. Tisdale seems to deploy zonal marking which I have never been a fan of and I really think going back to basics would spare Artur picking it out of the net so much.

The team need to take encouragement from last Saturday to push on and get some results under their belts so the run in is more comfortable than the well-known run in to a possible relegation last game.”

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