Match 13
7th October 1972
Crewe (a)

7th October 1972
Football League
Crewe v Exeter City

What the papers said 

Exeter became only the second team to depart from Gresty Road without a point from draw specia lists Crewe. But the promotion hopefuls really can't complain. Only Crewe's weak finishing prevented the home side's notching a far more decisive win. Though Plumb tested Crudgington with a powerful header early on and he and Binney struck manfully to harrying a much improved defence Crewe looked well in control. But the home side's lack of confidence in attack became obvious as soon as the ball reached the Exeter area, with no one willing to take the responsibility of shooting. But the Crewe goal was not long in coming. Manning beat keeper Wilson to a high centre and nodded the ball to Duffey who scored with a well placed header.
Exeter forced to throw more into attack had their moments in the second half but Binney and Plumb both came near to scoring with headers. But the biggest miss came when Banks subsituting for Clapham skied the ball high over the bar.
Sunday Mirror

Exeter can have no complaints. Their defence was always uphappy and it was only poor finishing which stopped a landslide defeat. Crewe had Exeter's goal so much at their mercy it was incredible that they ended with just one goal. It came after 39 minutes when Chris Duffey headed home. Young Terry Nichol!, watched by a number of clubs for several weeks now, was the main culprit in front of goal. He missed three golden scoring chances. Chris Duffey, Les Wain and Gerry Humphreys should also have scored. Exeter fought well, had a couple of chances and could have made a mockery of this game by snatch ing a point. John Manning was the strength in Crewe's attack, backed by the skills of Humphreys and Duffey. Dick Plumb and Tony Scott caused Crewe's defence some trouble and Plumb once brought a superb save from Geoff Crudgington. Alan Banks, subbing for Keith Clapham after 67 minutes scorned a chance to equalise and Binney flashed a header just wide. But these paled against Crewe's tally of possible goals.
Sunday Express

Crewe Alexandra made a meal of beating Exeter for their first win since the end of August. They had much more of the play but threw away some of their best chances. The chief culprit was the young and fancied Terry Nicholl. He ballooned the ball over the bar when Manning and Humphreys set it up for him, and later mishit his shot when Riley laid on a clear chance. Almost everybody except referee Clay thought Giles handled in the penalty area to keep out Manning and Humphreys in the first half, but appeals for a penalty were ignored. A measure of justice came Alex andra's way soon afterwards when Manning headed on smartly for Duffey to score. Plumb had two good shots saved by Crudgington and missed badly. on another occasion. And Banks, who was called on as a substitute, missed a chance of a second-half equaliser. Exeter had reason to be grateful to Wilson for some first-rate saves and to Giles for his work in the middle line.
Sunday People

Exeter got off lightly as Crewe made a meal of notching their second victory of the season. The home side had plenty of the play, and more of the scoring chances, but neglected their opportunities shamefully. As a result, they were not really sure of the points until the end. But it should have been all over long before. Terry Nicholl twice had the Exeter goal at his mercy and missed, and Exeter centre-half Jimmy Giles handled blatantly in the first half, but no penalty was called. The crowd booed referee Clay of Gainsborough, but a header from Chris Duffey gave Crewe the goal they needed only a few minutes later. Later Duffey went off injured to be replaced by Riley. Les Wain, one of the Alexandra's promising young men, shot wide when he created his own chance and later failed with a storming shot which Wilson saved. Manning shot straight at Wilson to spoil another opening. Exeter keeper Wilson saved his side several times after that, ably helped by hardworking Jimmy Giles. News of the World

Press cuttings kindly supplied by: Clifton Road Newsagency, Exeter and G. T. Allman Esq.



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