1. Defensive Woes
We might only be two games into pre-season but it looks like the Grecians have picked up where they left off… conceding goals.
Okay, that’s a really cynical take, but for all the talk of pre-season being about fitness and performance, Matt Taylor will undoubtedly be disappointed at both the timing and the manner of the goals his side have conceded. In 180 minutes, Exeter are yet to lead a game this pre-season and the new centre-back partnership of Rory McArdle and Tom Parkes have looked nervous at times, especially early on in games. It may be a case of familiarity (or lack thereof) but Taylor will be keen to iron out the mistakes before the season starts on 12th September.
2. Firing Blanks
Matt Taylor has a number of options available to him upfront this season… so why oh why is he persisting with a Bowman/Fisher partnership?
Don’t get me wrong, I believe that both strikers have something to offer the side and on their day can provide a stern test for opposition defences and Fisher looked dominant in the final half hour against Taunton. I cant help but think that the two target-man approach just doesn’t seem to work however, with either one of the pairing going missing from the game for large spells. Meanwhile, the likes of Matt Jay and Nicky Ajose sit on the bench, with Ben Seymour knocking on the door. Taylor has plenty of options at his disposal and I hope that by the time the season starts, we see a more dynamic striking partnership.
3. The Key to Success?
After raising eyebrows with his performance against Bristol Rovers in Exeter’s first pre-season friendly, Josh Key was given the opportunity to start against Taunton and didn’t fail to impress again.
Key looked lively in the opening exchanges and despite struggling to beat his man on a couple of occasions, took up threatening positions and combined pace with a crisp touch to cause Taunton issues on the wing. With the majority of the Grecian’s attacks coming down the right hand side in the first half, Key started to impose himself on the Peacock’s defence and gave more reasons for City fans to be excited about his development in the first team this season.