NEW BOY SAM SAVES TISDALE
NEW SIGNING Sam Parkin came to the rescue of manager Paul Tisdale as the striker crowned a superb debut with the winning goal in Exeter City’s victory over Bristol Rovers.
Parkin signed for the Grecians over the summer following his release from St Mirren and has been asked to fill the shoes of Jamie Cureton, who left St James’ Park for Cheltenham Town during the close season.
And Parkin came up trumps with a sublime diving header from 12 yards 11 minutes from time to get Exeter’s season up and running with a win.
“Sam was outstanding on his debut. He really had a terrific game,” Tisdale said.
“Other than the goal, which is a major part of the game, his overall performance allowed us to get up the field and get into the opposition half.
“He offered a real challenge to the Rovers defenders and I don’t want to ask too much of him too soon, but he showed today that he is certainly capable of playing a game for us that is very, very important.
“I’m delighted. We made it a focus of ours that today was all about the result and a performance that led to a result.”
The opening goal of the game came on 58 minutes when Steve Mildenhall failed to deal with Artur Krysiak’s booming clearance and conceded a corner.
Craig Woodman delivered the ball to the back post where former Rovers defender Danny Coles rose to thunder a great header into the roof of the net.
However, Rovers were level within ten minutes as Exeter failed to deal with a deep cross which was recycled by Ellis Harrison.
He curled a low cross to the front post and Elliot Richards was left with an easy tap-in from inside the six-yard box.
City won it on 79 minutes when the ball fell to Davies and he floated a fine cross that found Parkin on the penalty spot and he guided a fine header into the bottom corner.
Exeter were worthy winners against a Rovers side that was ravaged by injury and their manager John Ward refused to use that as an excuse at full-time for his side’s performance.
“It’s not ideal with all the injuries we have,”Ward said.
“It is what it is and I can’t alter that. I can’t make injured players fit, so we have to go with what we have and try our very best.
“We tried our very best with the ones we got and people will have varying views as to whether it was the right result or not.
“I think we could have got a point out of it, but I don’t think we could have tried any harder. “We took too long to get going, but that isn’t a surprise with it being the first game of the season after all.
“We got at them in the second half and could have snatched a draw at the end but it wasn’t to be and that’s frustrating. “We need to pick our
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GOAL: Exeter’s Danny Coles heads them into the lead FAN MAN: Exeter’s Sam Parkin has made it 2-1