Match 09
1st October 1988
Rotherham U (a)

1st OCTOBER 1987


It is fair to say that Exeter's away results have been on the poor side over the past seven seasons. In 1980/81 we won one in three of our away games, in consecutive seasons since then we have won 2,2,2,3,3,0 and 3 games per season away from the Park. Our failure to gain the three points at Doncaster, Rochdale and Darlington didn't give us any reason to think that the divisional leaders, Rotherham, would surrender their unbeaten record to mere mortals like Exeter.

So imagine the scenes of delight following our 1-0 victory. The travelling contingent of seventy celebrated with much gusto, whilst it must be said that the players weren't exactly despondent either. The only goal of the game came fourteen minutes into the second-half, when Williams, United's player of the month for September, deflected the ball past his own keeper.

Rotherham's smallest crowd of the season, 4,075, were stunned. The last half-hour consisted of The Millers playing long hopeful balls into the area for their big strikers to feed on, with Williamson being particularly threatening. Having said that, Gwinnett was never severely tested, mainly because of the sturdiness of our back four.

The Yorkshire club's supporters will probably claim we had not deserved the three points. However, following our unrewarded performances in the past three games (Scunthorpe especially), it was nice to have a little luck on our side.

It would be unfair to single out one man of the match for the Grecians, on days like these all concerned deserve a pat on the back. City's first away win north of Watford for thirty months, so need anything else be said? 





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