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Pride in defeat for Exeter City

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: August 25, 2011

BIG MATCH:  Exeter City fans on the Big Bank cheer on the Grecians during the Carling Cup game against Liverpool

BIG MATCH: Exeter City fans on the Big Bank cheer on the Grecians during the Carling Cup game against Liverpool

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EXETER City fans were disappointed but not downhearted after losing in the Carling Cup against Liverpool.

The Grecians were roared on by a rare sell-out crowd at St James's Park, which included singing star Joss Stone, from near Cullompton.

She went on to the pitch at half-time to huge applause to be signed up for City's supporters' trust.

Exeter put up a brave fight but, in the end, the gulf in class between the teams was evident and the Merseyside giants eventually ran out 3-1 winners.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish put out a strong side including stars such as Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll and Jordan Henderson. And goals from Suarez, Rodriguez and Carroll ended the giant-killing dreams of the capacity crowd.

But the thousands of supporters leaving the ground at the final whistle left with their heads held high

Despite the disappointment of the final result, it was still a memorable night for the lucky few who managed to get tickets. Fan Mick Webster, 36, said: "I'm really proud of the team's performance.

"When the second goal went in Exeter lost the game but they kept on trying and deserved the plaudits at the end."

Thousands more watched the game live on television in pubs and living rooms throughout the city.

The game is expected to provide a welcome financial boost for the club and Exeter's sporting director Julian Tagg said that despite the loss everyone involved with the Grecians should be very proud.

He said: "Despite the result it was always going to be a win situation for Exeter tonight.

"It has brought a lot of interest and, hopefully, a financial boost to the area."

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  • Vimfuego3000  |  August 29 2011, 2:15PM

    kippax21 You appear to assume everyone is from Exeter. Well I'm not, having lived for many years in my homeland (the north west). I can sincerely confirm scousers are the most loathsome, putrid, thieving, moaning, tasteless excuses for humans that I've ever had the displeasure to meet. You are one very deluded person.

  • kippax21  |  August 29 2011, 1:50PM

    Ex mousehunter/moosehunter, it is/ was never my intention to move to Liverpool, i was just defending it. Yes ,we will be buying a property up north as soon as we can and get away from this over priced, overrated, small town with a village mentality, theres a saying, better to live a week as a lion than a lifetime as a lamb, i may come back and retire down here when im fed up of living but i doubt it. Like i say, Exeter is a lovely place to visit. The best of luck to you too sir.

  • philmacavity  |  August 28 2011, 11:26PM

    Thats rich coming from you guys. You will be non league next year anyway. You should have been liquidated after raking up that debt. You were lucky to get away with it for so long.

  • argylereturn  |  August 28 2011, 11:05PM

    You should have been disappointed, you were RUBBISH. We are going to turn you over on Tuesday.

  • tomgreen1234  |  August 26 2011, 11:57PM

    I thought City were poor. Liverpool looked much the better side and they had rested loads of players. I can see Exeter going down this season, down with the Plymouth for more local Derbies.

  • ExMoosehunter  |  August 26 2011, 5:53PM

    kippax/kipper whatever you call yourself. A shrewd thing to sell up and move to Liverpool. You should be able to buy most of it after selling a house in Exeter. Oh, and your car and home insurance will go up considerably. Not to mention, taking a hit on life expectancy. These are facts not opinions incidentally and should give you a clue about where is more desirable to live. These best of luck to you.

  • SKoM_  |  August 26 2011, 3:14PM

    Kippax21 Well I've been there and a number of other cities 'up north' and, to be honest, I wouldn't live in most of them (again). At least we know how to find a motorway, which is more than can be said for three scousers who got lost and ended up in Cullompton on Wednesday.

  • kippax21  |  August 26 2011, 2:43PM

    Thank you redgrecian, a more broadminded view, Exeter is a lovely town to visit, i just get annoyed when people **** places off when they know nothing about them, i cant believe im sticking up for Liverpool with my background. good luck to your team for the rest of the season.

  • redgrecian  |  August 26 2011, 10:24AM

    I agree kippax21, this is a small city with a small football club. I have also lived and worked in Liverpool. There is lots to do and everything is so much bigger. the City, shopping centres,clubs, football grounds,casinos and bars. Oh! I forgot the prisons, slums, and mental institutions. It's great, to be back in Devon.

  • kippax21  |  August 26 2011, 9:43AM

    Mr Grayson, thats typical of what people down here think of us northerners, i wasn`t up to no good, i`d been to a great nightclub and i was on my way for a bite to eat before hitting the casino. Oh now i remember, i was at home dying of boredom, roll on weekend when i can spend 30 minutes shopping in your massive shopping centre, you know, the one that some people actually didn`t want. Progress eh! who needs it. By the way, i thought City played some decent football the other night.

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