Exeter City 1-1 Forest Green Rovers

Jevani Brown came off the bench to rescue a point for Exeter at home against League One bottom club Forest Green Rovers.

The first half was devoid of chances with defenses on top and it took until the 31st minute for the first effort at goal, but Josh Key poked wide as the Rovers defense failed to clear a corner.

The away side responded with Brandon Cooper glancing a header narrowly over the crossbar, while Jack Sparkes saw a cross-cum-shot go just wide for Exeter as a drab game limped towards half-time.

Rovers started the second half well, with Jamie Robson firing just over, and they went in front after 55 minutes when debutant Jordon Garrick tucked in at the back post from Robson’s low cross.

Exeter instantly made changes and looked better with Jay Stansfield heading over Brown’s cross from close range but, with 15 minutes remaining, City’s pressure told as they fashioned a chance for Brown and he lashed in a brilliant strike from 15 yards.

Harry Kite struck the post for Exeter with Key inexplicably striking the rebound against the crossbar from on the line, but despite finishing strongly, they could not find a winning goal.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Exeter

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 18Blackman
  • 26Sweeney
  • 39Diabates
  • 5Hartridge
  • 2Caprice
  • 16Kiting
  • 8CollinsSubstituted forWhiteat 61′minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 3SparksSubstituted forBrownat 60′minutes
  • 12key
  • 9stansfield
  • 10namesBooked at 51mins

Substitutes

  • 4Stubbs
  • 6Harper
  • 11White
  • 15Chauke
  • 20Brown
  • 22Lee
  • 27grounds

Forest Green

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Doohan
  • 22Godwin-MalifeSubstituted forO’Keeffeat 83′minutes
  • 5Casey
  • 23CooperSubstituted forCargillat 84′minutes
  • 12Robson
  • 4McGeouchSubstituted forHenryat 83′minutes
  • 25Peart-Harris
  • 7StevensonBooked at 79mins
  • 11GarrickSubstituted forBakayokoat 64′minutes
  • 28March
  • 17McAllisterSubstituted forBernardat 90+2′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2O’Keeffe
  • 3Bernard
  • 6Cargill
  • 8Henry
  • 9Stevens
  • 21Bakayoko
  • 24Thomas

Referees:
David Rock

Attendance:
7.008

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