It is now February and most teams have a pretty solid idea of where their season is headed. It doesn’t make for a fun time for us Grecians fans as Exeter sit precariously, two points above the relegation trap door which will swallow four clubs at the end of the season.
It doesn’t look set to get much better this Saturday as the club host high-flying Sheffield Wednesday at the real St James Park. Exeter somehow managed to do the double over them last year but victory on Saturday looks like a tall order with a misfiring strikeforce.
Daniel Nardiello has had a rollercoaster year, albeit a very boring rollercoaster that went up and just came down. He scored a series of goals and then has virtually nothing since. He also was sent off for a four letter tirade against a linseman after a perfectly good goal was disallowed and he continues to argue with officials.
Guillem Bauza hasn’t played enough to justify his star signing status yet. I expect big things from him but waiting is becoming an issue.
Paul Tisdale is not particularly worried as he knows his sides always finish the season strongly but they need to start showing that. The last two games the performances have been credible against Charlton Athletic and AFC Bournemouth but no goals tells it’s own story.
Whether the boss will bring in an emergency loan remains to be seen. After selling Scott Golbourne I would like to think he will. Don’t get me wrong, I think Jake Taylor is brilliant but he is not a prolific goalscorer just yet.
Speaking of Golbourne the club pulled off a good bit of business selling him six months before the end off his contract and getting a replacement in Luke O’Brien for free from Bradford. I hope he does well and can indeed cross better than Golbourne.
I think with the performances the side are putting in it’s not long before there is a big result which can be built on. I thought that would be at Bournemouth but it wasn’t to be. How can you compete against a team who spend your entire wage bill on one player? But at least Exeter City go about things in the right way and whether in League One or Two next year we can all still say with pride that We Own Our Football Club.
Written by Ian Bond, We Are Going Up’s Exeter City blogger