Matt Taylor delights in making St James Park’s ‘statement’ with Port Vale smash


Exeter coach Matt Taylor couldn’t hide his delight as his team beat Port Vale 4-0 with a superb display at St James Park.

Harry Kite opened the scoring with a sweet volley before the brilliant Jevani Brown made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after Jack Sparkes was fouled.

Brown made it 3-0, ending a fine team move, before Sam Nombe scored his second of the season to give the Grecians a sublime victory.

“It was a great win and we had to make the most of them because we didn’t know how much we were going to get, especially at home,” Taylor said. “I said before the game that it was not a mission of revenge, but it was a statement that our home form needs to be strong again this season in League One.

“I think we started the game well in competitive conditions and, against a team like Port Vale, it’s always going to be a mistake or a quality moment to break the deadlock and that’s a moment. excellent engraving of the qualities of Harry Kite. .

“He shoots too, very sweetly and that is not what he is famous for, with all due respect to him. But he’s committed at this point, it’s a spinning ball that fell 20 yards out and he’s got it under control – he didn’t try and overdo it.

“We were a bit low physically and our squad size wise, but it was a great performance. We didn’t score against Port Vale last season, so to beat them by four – I’m happy.

“We had six academy products that started that game and that was Exeter City. That’s what we have and those players are going from strength to strength because I think this team will only get better with a few additions. “

Valiants boss Darrell Clarke offered no excuses for his performance, saying: “There will be no excuses from myself, we’ve come this far.

“I have a bunch of honest guys out there, but no excuses. It was a tough game and I tried to change it in the first half because we never seemed to be back at 2-0 and things didn’t work out that way.

“We didn’t get the basics right and if you don’t get the basics right, you won’t win football games and we lost too many duels and second balls today.

“We didn’t keep it, we didn’t have a forward-thinking football style and we didn’t defend well. There are many things related to why performance is so poor.

“For a man, we’ve had a lot of three or four performances out of 10 and when you get that, you’re not going to win a football game.”

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