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Football League One | 7th February 2012
ATT: 5497 | REF: Langford | HALF-TIME: 0-0


72 mins | MATT TUBBS | Bournemouth | 1-0

Scott Malone burst down the left and into the area, forcing his way past a couple of defenders and putting a ball across the front of goal to an unmarked Tubbs. Tubbs quickly controlled the ball and slammed the ball into the net from about 2 yards out.

78 mins | SCOTT MALONE | Bournemouth | 2-0

Scott Malone burst forward from his own half with Tubbs and Thomas for company on either wing. Picking out Tubbs on the right who ran into the area before putting a neat pass across goal with Malone putting the ball in the net at the far post from close range.


GOAL: D Flahavan
DEFENCE: S Francis | S Zubar | S Cook | C Daniels
MIDFIELD: D McDermott | S MacDonald | S Gregory | M Pugh
UP FRONT: M Tubbs | W Thomas

ON THE BENCH: Thomas, Purches, Malone, Arter, Fletcher
CHANGES: 68 Malone>McDermott, 89 Purches>Gregory, Fletcher>Tubbs


LEE BRADBURY gives his reaction:

“We knew patience was going to be key tonight and we’ve got to deal with that as teams are going to come here and play defensively.

“It was going to take time for the game to stretch out.

“Darryl pulled off a great save on the hour mark and that kept us in the game. Scott Malone also did fantastically well when he came on and was man of the match in the 20 minutes he played.

“It was great for Matt [Tubbs] to get his goal on his debut in front of the fans where he used to stand.

“There are a lot of teams looking for that fifth or sixth spot but if we keep playing the way we have then we will be in with a chance.”

‘Hopefully everyone will stop asking me about turning the home form around and we can concentrate on winning football matches.


“On your debut you want to try and get your first goal as quickly as you can and I was lucky enough to get mine tonight”


“I was disappointed to be on the bench, but it’s how you react if you aren’t starting a game (that is important) and I think I’ve done no harm for my chances.”

EXETER director of football Steve Perryman:

“There were encouraging signs but it was one of those nights when we didn’t look like we were going to score.”


The stage was set for the new boys to shine and they did. Admittedly it was an old new boy that stole the plaudits, but the latest Cherries striker got his goal in his first outing. Donal McDermott looked good in spells, but he looks like a player who hasn’t had a lot of first team games. Matt Tubbs, did a long of running  and as the game wore on started to get a better understanding of the team and took his chance well. But, it was ex-loanee Scott Malone who made the difference on the night. He looked liked he hadn’t missed a game and looks set to put McDermott on the bench.
Stumpy Flavahan made one outstanding save that ensured that the Cherries stayed on level terms. The defence wasn’t at its best on the evening, but still did enough to snuff out the threat of Exeter.
If we can keep a steady team line-up allowing them to build an understanding then the play-offs has to be  a very realistic goal.

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