City feel at home thanks to O’Flynn

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Bam­sey To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­

JUDG­ING by the first two home games of the sea­son, Ex­eter have dis­cov­ered a knack for win­ning matches at St James Park.

Last sea­son the Gre­cians’ play-off chal­lenge fiz­zled out af­ter they won just seven of their 23 en­coun­ters on home soil.

But yes­ter­day’s com­fort­able vic­tory over AFC Wim­ble­don made it two wins out of two for an Ex­eter side that could sur­prise a few peo­ple this sea­son.

Their build-play ap­pears more pa­tient, their pass­ing is slicker and in Sam Parkin they have a striker with a phys­i­cal prow­ess who can ruf­fle more than a few feath­ers.

Yet it was John O’Flynn who stole the plau­dits yes­ter­day af­ter his dou­ble in­flicted a first league de­feat on a Dons side who were fee­ble in the first half much to the anger of their man­ager Neal Ard­ley.

Ex­eter boss Paul Tis­dale: “We ob­vi­ously strug­gled a bit last sea­son at home so hope­fully things have turned around. I just hope it doesn’t go the other way and we start to strug­gle on the road.

“The play­ers re­ally started the game fan­tas­ti­cally well.

“There was a lot of pos­i­tiv­ity and cre­ativ­ity and threat on the goal and we thor­oughly de­served our two-goal lead.

“We maybe could have got more, but 2-0 is good enough.

“We had a re­ally bad week go­ing into the game in terms of in­juries and not know­ing what the team was.

“But John O’Flynn took his goals re­ally well and we are all very pleased with the win.”

O’Flynn’s opener came af­ter he let fly with a shot that de­flected off Barry Fuller and flew past keeper Ross Worner.

The Ir­ish­man dou­bled the lead nine min­utes be­fore the break, steer­ing David Wheeler’s cross into the bot­tom cor­ner of the net. Wim­ble­don al­most grabbed a life­line af­ter the break but Craig Woodman headed Andy Framp­ton’s header off the line.

Ard­ley was furious at his side’s ab­ject first-half dis­play, say­ing: “There was some raised voices at half-time. “I have said to the play­ers that one thing which is high on the list of ev­ery per­for­mance is the basics. Well we didn’t turn up with any en­ergy, pace or de­sire.

“We were so off the pace in the first half and they were twice as quick as us.

“They an­tic­i­pated sec­ond balls and did the rub­bish side of the game and we didn’t.

“I don’t care how good we think this group of play­ers are, we won’t win games in this league with­out do­ing the basics.”

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