Exeter City goalkeeper Cameron Dawson has once again shown why the Greeks are lucky to have him at St James Park after a superb penalty save in the vital 2-0 win at Oldham Athletic.
City had been short of their best at Boundary Park, but Kyle Taylor’s opening goal for the club gave them the lead in the 52nd minute, before the keeper was called into action. After Nigel Atangana conceded a penalty for a foul on Christopher Missilou, the on-loan Sheffield Wednesday man made an exceptional save to prevent Sam Hart leaving from the spot.
It was one of several vital saves the goalkeeper was forced into against the Latics in the win that lifted City into second place in the table. The task was made more difficult when Atangana was shown a direct red card for a stoppage-time lunge, but a quick counter-attack that saw Jevani Brown drive home calmed the nerves.
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The white sheet was the 13and in the league for the 26-year-old and his commanding presence in goal has been one of the main reasons City feature heavily in the promotion’s image. His penalty save was crucial in keeping Exeter ahead against the relegation-threatened Latics, and he credited goalkeeping coach Scott Brown for the preparation they made ahead of the game against the penalty takers .
“I like penalty shootouts,” said Dawson, who also avoided a free-kick at Cambridge United this season. “It’s a no-loss situation, but I decided to commit to something and I felt like he was going to go that route. Credit has to go to Scotty because they had different options and we felt that he would go that way, and then I thought he was going that way when he lined up. Scott was the best draw, so he can get the applause.
The one-handed save was Dawson guessed correctly that Hart would go to his left, and the keeper raised his right hand to clear the ball away, as brilliantly captured by Pinnacle Photo Agency. Without it, City would have been caught out and may not have claimed the three points that put them in control of the promotion with ten games to play.
Exeter are now just five points behind League Two leaders Forest Green Rovers as they sit second in the table. But with two games less of the five teams below them, Matt Taylor’s men look well placed for the run-in, even if it’s not easy for the Greeks.
“It gives us a chance to play the last ten games and a privilege to hold this position, and hopefully we get the job done,” Dawson said.
“It was tough and the wind was blowing and the guys dug in, and it turned into a war of attrition, but we showed commitment and got the win. They had chances and we didn’t. We weren’t quite there, but the conditions were difficult, they were fighting for their lives, but you can’t question the commitment and honesty of this team.
“It shows in everything the boys do, so they’re a real joy to play behind and I enjoy that. The wins mean so much to us and the fans. The scenes are great after the wins, so we thank them d to come and spend the money to support us, and we are rewarded at the end and so are they, and we are going back Tuesday night.
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