Woolery prevents a Grecian tragedy
SWINDON Town boss David Flitcroft believed a draw was the right result as his team came from behind against Exeter City to maintain their unbeaten start to the league season.
Recent signing Kaiyne Woolery grabbed his first goal for the club, cancelling out Liam McAlinden’s first-half opener.
Flitcroft said: “I think a point is about right.
“The roar we came out to was quite deafening. There was a real feel-good factor in the stadium but as a team, we were flat.
“The first 20 minutes was ferocious – two teams going hammer and tongs.
“In the second half, we moved the ball quicker and switched play better. We looked a lot more dangerous.
“Luke Norris’ presence up front was massive and Kaiyne’s pace threatening behind worried Exeter to death.
“Paul Tisdale has built a big strong, team. They will certainly be up there and will cause problems.”
The Grecians thought they had broken the deadlock in the 22nd minute when McAlinden’s header from Lee Holmes’ left-wing corner appeared to cross the line before being cleared by Lawrence Vigouroux.
In the ensuing melee, David Wheeler had two penalty claims turned down.
Five minutes later, Exeter did take the lead, McAlinden reacting quickest to thump the ball into the roof of the net after Vigouroux had turned Reuben Reid’s powerful drive onto the post.
The Robins almost levelled on the half-hour mark, Pierce Sweeney deflecting the ball into his own net from a right-wing cross only for the goal to be ruled out for an alleged shirtpull in the build-up.
However, debutant Woolery took just 11 minutes to open his account for the Robins after coming on at half-time, slotting under Christy Pym after being played clear by Luke Norris.
Then 16year-old Jack Sparkes came close to scoring a spectacular debut goal for Exeter in the 79th minute, his powerful drive beating Vigouroux but cannoning off the post.
Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale was frustrated by the stalemate.
He said: “We played really well and it was a really good game but I’m a little bit disappointed we didn’t get the three points.
“We had the opportunities to do that and on another day, we would have got the second goal or a penalty.
“I was really pleased but ten per cent more of something would have got us that win.”