Swindon v Exeter: taking chances

Reid off the mark – bbc.co.uk

Exeter could have scored more than just the one goal in their victory over Cambridge last week. After Reuben Reid tucked away the rebound from his fifth minute penalty, Liam McAlinden missed two good chances, Lloyd James one while David Wheeler hit the post with his header.

The Grecians might have had slices of luck with their controversial spot kick – and Christy Pym recovering quickly from his miskick to save from Luke Berry – but they were the better side.

Swindon had to absorb a little more pressure, at Carlisle, to get their opening day win, but two of their key contributors at Brunton Park are now injured. Striker Luke Norris harmed his shoulder in scoring the first goal – after Chris Hussey’s excellent free-kick. Dion Conroy, who was man-of-the-match at centre-back, injured himself at Norwich three days later.

There have also been injuries to creative midfielder John Goddard and ball-winner Amine Linganzi, while Donal McDermott didn’t feature at Carrow Road due to a strained ligament.

Exeter know how it feels to miss key players through injury, having had a crisis that hindered their form at the start of last season, but Paul Tisdale now has nigh-on a full bill of health.

His side got knocked out of the League Cup in midweek but they should be stronger defensively when Jordan Moore-Taylor returns and again, created a lot of chances. Their fortunes at the County Ground will rest on their capacity to take them.

The Football Lab’s Verdict: 1-1