Exeter City fans celebrate their dramatic draw against Yeovil Town

Exeter City astonishingly battled back from 3-0 down in the 88th minute to earn an unlikely draw at home to West Country rivals Yeovil Town.

After a relatively quiet, goalless first hour, Yeovil stormed into a three-goal lead as Francois Zoko slotted home before Shaylon Harrison and Alex Lacey both headed in.

At that stage, Exeter were set to slip out of the League Two play-off places, while Yeovil looked certain to win for only the second time in 11 league games.

Anything but a Glovers win still seemed unlikely even when David Wheeler drilled in off the post with less than two minutes of normal time remaining.

However, in stoppage time, first Troy Brown headed in to make it 3-2 before Reuben Reid smashed in Jack Stacey’s cross at the far post to equalise amid delirium at St James Park.

Exeter remain seventh but are level on points with eighth-placed Carlisle, while Yeovil slipped to 18th, 13 points clear of the relegation zone.

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Yeovil Town looked on course to win even when Shaylon Harrison put them 2-0 up

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Yeovil could hardly believe it when Exeter levelled at 3-3

After the game, Yeovil boss Darren Way said his players needed to take responsibility, telling BBC Somerset: “When the first [Exeter] goal went in, I looked at the body language – it took us long to get up and we looked deflated.

“If I could have made six changes just by looking at their body language, I probably would have.

“With the goals going in in quick succession I think the players have got to take responsibility. We should have managed that game better.

“The players are very disappointed. You have got to be strong enough and resilient enough. As a manager, I have to go over those goals and make sure we do our best to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon: “It is a lesson to our team as well that you can never count your chickens.

“Don’t celebrate early. Don’t think you are there.

“I want the players to leave today feeling good about themselves because they showed so much character and belief.”

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Rick Grimes takes time out from killing zombies to watch Exeter City!

There was a surprise onlooker in the stands at St James Park – The Walking Dead and Love Actually actor Andrew Lincoln.

“One of my oldest and dearest friends happens to be Paul Tisdale. So I’ve been watching him very avidly throughout his whole career and I’ve been very proud of him.”

Line-upsExeterSubstitutesYeovilSubstitutesReferee:Darren DrysdaleAttendance:5,492Match StatsHome TeamExeterAway TeamYeovilPossessionHome53%Away47%ShotsHome16Away12Shots on TargetHome8Away9CornersHome5Away5FoulsHome10Away14Live TextPosted at

Match ends, Exeter City 3, Yeovil Town 3.

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Second Half ends, Exeter City 3, Yeovil Town 3.

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Lloyd James (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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Foul by Liam Shephard (Yeovil Town).

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Foul by Reuben Reid (Exeter City).

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Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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Substitution, Yeovil Town. Brandon Goodship replaces Ben Whitfield.

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Goal! Exeter City 3, Yeovil Town 3. Reuben Reid (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Wheeler with a cross.

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Goal! Exeter City 2, Yeovil Town 3. Troy Brown (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lloyd James following a corner.

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Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Alex Lacey.

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Substitution, Yeovil Town. Tom Eaves replaces Francois Zoko.

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Goal! Exeter City 1, Yeovil Town 3. David Wheeler (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ryan Harley.

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Attempt blocked. Ollie Watkins (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Alex Lacey.

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Attempt blocked. Ben Whitfield (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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Delay in match Alex Lacey (Yeovil Town) because of an injury.

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Attempt saved. Francois Zoko (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Troy Brown.

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Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

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Attempt saved. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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Goal! Exeter City 0, Yeovil Town 3. Alex Lacey (Yeovil Town) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matthew Dolan with a cross following a set piece situation.

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Lloyd James (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Foul by Lloyd James (Exeter City).

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Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Substitution, Yeovil Town. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro replaces Shayon Harrison.

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Foul by Jack Stacey (Exeter City).

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Ryan Dickson (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Jordan Moore-Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Foul by Matthew Dolan (Yeovil Town).

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Artur Krysiak (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card.

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Foul by Jack Stacey (Exeter City).

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(Yeovil Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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Goal! Exeter City 0, Yeovil Town 2. Shayon Harrison (Yeovil Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

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Attempt saved. Ben Whitfield (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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Attempt saved. Francois Zoko (Yeovil Town) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

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Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Troy Brown.

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Substitution, Exeter City. Reuben Reid replaces Craig Woodman because of an injury.

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Craig Woodman (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Kevin Dawson (Yeovil Town).

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Attempt missed. David Wheeler (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

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