Exeter City boss Matt Taylor felt that his side fully deserved their cupset win over League One Gillingham – and that he wouldn’t fancy having to defend against City’s attacking talent.

Having gone behind early to the higher division opponents when a Lewis Page error was pounced upon by Vadaine Oliver, City hit back in style with three goals in a ten minute spell before the break.

Joel Randall set up Nicky Law for him to drill home from the edge of the box, before the roles were reversed as Law twice set up Randall to give the Grecians a two goal lead.

Goal Celebrations for Joel Randall of Exeter City during the FA Cup 2nd Round match between Gillingham and Exeter City at the Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Kent on 28 Nov 2020. Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK

Dominic Samuel poked home from close range with 10 minutes to go to make it a nervy finish, but City held on for a 3-2 win to reach round three.

Speaking after the game, Taylor said that it was a big win for the football club and one that they fully deserved, despite having to weather a late storm which included a golden chance for Gills keeper Josh Bonham with the last kick of the game.

Players walk off after the FA Cup 2nd Round match between Gillingham and Exeter City at the Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Kent on 28 Nov 2020. Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK
Players walk off after the FA Cup 2nd Round match between Gillingham and Exeter City at the Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Kent on 28 Nov 2020. Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK

“That was a big win for us,” Taylor said, after the win over the side 13 in League One. “In the context of where the two teams are in their respective leagues, that’s a cup upset and the first one in terms of me and this group of players.

“It was a hell of a shift and we are absolutely delighted. We played some fantastic attacking football at times, had to weather the storm and stand up to some physical football from the opposition and full credit to them as they did well. It was nail-biting towards the end but I thought we deserved the win.”

Having scored six goals on Tuesday night, City are in fine form infront of goal, averaging more than any other EFL club this season, and Taylor, a former centre-half, said he wouldn’t want to defend against them.

He said: “Our attacking players have a lot of joy playing in the team as they are getting a lot of the ball and a lot of the ball between the lines and I wouldn’t want to be a defender against this group of players at the moment.

Matt Taylor, Manager of Exeter City during the FA Cup 2nd Round match between Gillingham and Exeter City at the Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Kent on 28 Nov 2020. Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK
Matt Taylor, Manager of Exeter City during the FA Cup 2nd Round match between Gillingham and Exeter City at the Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham, Kent on 28 Nov 2020. Photo:Micah Crook/PPAUK

“We looked like we could not score at will, but create when we went forward, and we took the sting out of the game in the second half. Considering we gifted them the first goal and went behind, we came back into so well and then had to withstand a bit of pressure at the end, but I am not so worried about that, as it’s a big win for the football club.

“We should have killed it off a bit earlier but I will take that result today. We had the chances towards the end but full credit to them as they never stopped and kept on going and it’s even sweeter that it was by a narrow margin at the end.”





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