Pride in defeat for Exeter City
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.
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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."