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Krysiak deserves accolades for striving to lose flaws in his game

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 20, 2013

Artur Krysiak

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The end of today's game – hopefully not the last for Exeter City at St James' Park this season, though – will again see the club hold its end-of-season player-of-the-year awards in front of the home faithful.

As is often the case with a team that has had a successful season, there are plenty of candidates and it will be interesting to see who wins what.

Exeter fans have had a few weeks now to cast their votes and I am expecting a landslide victory for supporters' player of the year.

Jamie Cureton's goals this season have been invaluable and, with him being such a crowd favourite, I think the veteran centre forward is a shoe-in to get the award.

It would be for the second time in three years for Cureton, who won it in the 2010-11 campaign. Last year's prize was won by Troy Archibald- Henville, but, while Cureton has had a fantastic season, my vote would go elsewhere.

Firstly, let's look at the other contenders. In the second half of the season, the Grecians have certainly looked strong defensively. Craig Woodman took a while to get going, but I think he has emerged as an outside bet, with his performances consistently good for a very long time now.

Alongside him, Danny Coles and Pat Baldwin have also had fine campaigns. Baldwin is another who has got better as the season rolled on and he offers leadership, along with captain Coles.

In midfield, Matt Oakley has been the star man for me, without doubt. His influence has perhaps been realised most during the time he has been out of the team with a shoulder injury. When he plays, though, he brings a calm, steady head to the team and rarely wastes the ball.

Tommy Doherty is another to have done well this year. Although in and out of the team, when "The Doc" has played he has certainly made his presence felt. It is still hard to believe that, this time last year, he was kicking his heels on the bench of a Bath City team slipping out of the Blue Square Bet Premier.

However, as good as he has been, I do not think he has played enough to be in contention for the award and the same can be said of Alan Gow. The gifted Scot is undoubtedly Exeter's talisman and who could forget the "rabona" he scored at Accrington Stanley?

It is still one of the most outrageous goals I have ever seen at any level, but injuries have blighted his campaign and, when out, Gow has been sorely missed. City have needed more from their former Glasgow Ranger.

However, while all of the above have had good campaigns, my vote for player of the year would have to go to the goalkeeper, Artur Krysiak.

This time last year, I was convinced the Pole was not good enough for the Grecians. He had endured a torrid year with plenty of mistakes, but he has proved me and many others wrong with his performances this year.

Today, we see a far more commanding, confident Krysiak, who is as agile as they come. You could see he had the ability to make great saves, as he had done it on many occasions, but the task for Krysiak this year was to eradicate the flaws in his game and stop the errors.

I think he has done that. When you consider who is deserving of the award, I think you have to take into account where a player has come from. Krysiak was arguably at his lowest ebb at the end of last season, but he has risen majestically to establish himself as a fine goalkeeper.

And he is my Exeter City player of the year.

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