Match 27
1st January 1991
Crewe Alexandra (home)



After a quiet opening ten minutes, Gary Marshall got a wet afternoon off to the best of starts for City. He received the bal wide on the left, and noticing the keeper off his line, cut inside to foat a curling shot with his right foot delightfully into the top right corner of the net.

The match settled into a pattern of City attacking, with the visitors getting few opportunities to threaten other than on the breakaway. Gary Marshall came perilously close to notching his second goal, when Scott Hiley went down the right and crossed for the City winger to connect with a downward header which Crewe's Callaghan did well to clear off the ine.

Kevin Miller, however, was called upon to preserve City's lead as the first half drew to a close, with Paul Clayton breaking clear only to see his shoe saved by the advancing Exeter keeper.

The second half brought, if anything even more fierce winds and heavier rain, but the quality of the Exeter side's play was nevertheless impressive. Indeed, the conditions were more of a help than a hindrance for the second goal with the in form Marshall outstripping the visitors' defence and his for post cross holding up in the wind for Mark Cooper to head home into a completely empty net.

But unlike previous wins, where 2-0 seems to have been the compulsory margin of victory, Exeter were not done yet. Richard Dryden, on loan debutant Pat O'Toole and a fit again Steve Neville were involved in some neat interplay on the left hand side, and the ball was squared for Mark Cooper who blasted in his fourth goal in as many games from just outside the area.

So 3-0 was for City, but Mark Cooper hit a free-kick narrowly over and Gordon Hobson sent a header just wide as the Grecians looked to add to their tally, whilst at the other end Kevin Miller did well to keep his clean sheet intact with a splendid save from a Mark Gardiner striker.



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