6th November 1976
Swansea City (away)
SATURDAY 6th NOVEMBER 1976
KEY MAN FOR CITY
Swansea City 0 Exeter City 0 Attendance: 3,856
Swansea City team: Brown, Evans, Bartley, Harris, May, Bruton, Lally, James, Curtis, Charles, Coppell.
Exeter City team: Key, Hore, Hooker, Morrin, Darke, Hatch, Weeks, Kellow, Robertson, Holman, Jennings.
Exeter City's promising young goalkeeper Richard Key saved a point for his promotion chasing side with a defiant display in the Swansea mud. He threw himself around every inch of the mud splattered goalmouth with a show of stubborn resistance which frustrated the Swans talented front runners.
Each time the Swansea unlocked the Grecians defence, Key was seemingly always on hand to stop them, with good positioning and equally good saves. The match was in jeopardy until two hours before kick off following torrential rain that had fallen on the Vetch Field playing surface.
The result extended Exeter's unbeaten run to four league matches and kept them well in touch with the top teams. Exeter relied largely on their rigid defensive ploys making the occasional breakaway which almost brought them a goal when a 20-yard sizzler from Lammie Robertson was saved by Brown at the second attempt. Graham Weeks set up a chance for Tony Kellow, but just as he was about to shoot when well placed, the ball was whipped away from him by
The rest of the stage was left to Swansea's promising forwards and Exeter's defiant defenders. The sticky conditions, particularly in the centre of the field, made it difficult for both sides at times.