December 26, 2012
Home misery continues for Grecians
Exeter's woeful home form continued as Oxford cruised to a 3-1 win at St James' Park to send the Grecians crashing out of the play-off zone.
The home side started well and created some decent chances to go in front. The best of those saw Jamie Cureton crash a volley against the underside of the crossbar, but for all their early dominance, Paul Tisdale's men could not break the deadlock.
As it was, Oxford scored with their first genuine attack. Exeter were slow to react in midfield and when Tom Craddock lobbed the ball forward, James Constable shrugged of his marker and turned well before lashing a shot past the static Artur Krysiak.
Craddock and Constable both missed great chances to double Oxford's lead, but the U's wrapped up the points with two quick goals shortly after half-time. Constable capitalised on Pat Baldwin's poor header to roll in the second from 18 yards and Peter Leven drilled a fine low short into the far corner from similar range.
Exeter pulled one back on 67 minutes when Cureton netted from the spot after a handball by Damian Batt.
|Exeter City||Oxford United|
|1 Artur Krysiak||1 Ryan Clarke|
|6 Danny Coles||6 Jake Wright|
|3 Craig Woodman||4 Michael Raynes|
|5 Pat Baldwin||2 Damian Batt|
|2 Steve Tully||20 Peter Leven|
|4 Scott Bennett||26 Liam Davis|
|8 Matt Oakley||14 Sean Rigg|
|7 Liam Sercombe||19 Lee Cox|
|12 Jamie Cureton||9 James Constable|
|10 Alan Gow||29 Tom Craddock|
|19 John O'Flynn||15 Alfie Potter|
|24 Rhys Evans||Wayne Brown 21|
|16 Kevin Amankwaah||Tony Capaldi 17|
|37 Jordan Moore-Taylor||Michael Duberry 5|
|11 Arron Davies||Harry Worley 22|
|23 Aaron Dawson||Josh Parker 25|
|22 Jimmy Keohane||Jake Forster-Caskey 18|
|35 Jamie Reid||Tyrone Marsh 28|
|Jamie Reid for John O'Flynn (57)||Tony Capaldi for Liam Davis (33)|
|Jimmy Keohane for Liam Sercombe (57)||Josh Parker for Tom Craddock (71)|
|Kevin Amankwaah for Alan Gow (57)||Jake Forster-Caskey for Peter Leven (90)|
|Danny Coles (82)||Tony Capaldi (76)|
|Jamie Reid (89)|
|· Squads: Exeter City | Oxford United|