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Tis: "We have to be on our guard"

Tis looks ahead to Saturday's long trip to Grimsby.

22 February 2018

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says the Grecians have to be 'ultra-careful' against Grimsby Town on Saturday.

The Mariners parted company with manager Russel Slade on February 11 after a run of 12 matches without a win, and appointed Paul Wilkinson as caretaker-manager.

Tis was quick to point out that City need to make sure they do not take Grimsby lightly after playing teams in a similar situation earlier in the season. He said: "We’ve played teams twice this year (Port Vale and Chesterfield) who have had a bad run, and a change of manager and lost both.

“If there is ever a warning it is this week. We need to be ultra-careful that we don’t just assume that they are in a bad way. We have to be on our guard.”

City will go into Saturday's match confident after Tuesday night's late turnaround against Crewe Alexandra, as the Grecians battled back from an 88th-minute goal to score two in injury time to win the match.

Tis felt the manner of the win will give the team an extra boost going into the final 14 games of the season. He added: “It’s very good for us, it’s three points for us but it’s more than three points.

“We needed one of those games, we certainly needed one of those games. We’ve not had that type of position, that type of reaction this season that’s created that type of feeling."

The team stayed over after Crewe, which Tis explained helped with recovery management for the players. He said: "We stayed over after Crewe because of the sleep deprivation you get from getting back to Devon at 3am and having to miss sleep before the long trip to Grimsby.

"Sleep and recovery is so important. Its one of the small details you have to look at."

Last season City left Blundell Park with all three points after a commanding 3-0 win. When asked how much he would give for a repeat of that he said: “Every week we are looking for three points. We are a different team from last year, a different set of players and we have to play to our strengths.

“It’s a year ago but seems a long long time ago. We are in the 2017/18 season, we are a group of players that have certain strengths, different to last season and we have to work to them.”

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Grimsby Town 0 City 1

City take narrow victory back to Devon

24 February 2018

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A Jayden Stockley penalty was the difference as Exeter City beat Grimsby Town 1-0 in Sky Bet League Two.

In a tight affair at Blundell Park, the Grecians battled for a narrow victory after being awarded a first half penalty when Jake Taylor was fouled in the Town box which the City number 11 converted well.

The home side had the chance to level from the spot but JJ Hooper was unable to find the target as City capped off a brillant week with two wins away from home.

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Paul Tisdale made three changes to the side that started the late victory over Crewe Alexandra in midweek with Troy Brown returning to the line up alongside Taylor and Dean Moxey.

In a slow start to the first half, the Blundell Park crowd were made to wait until just before the 20-minute mark for the first real chance of the game. And it fell for the home side when the ball broke to JJ Hooper, but the Grimsby forward was unable to keep his effort down, as he fired over from just inside the City box.

The Grecians struggled to create any clear-cut chances in the opening half hour, but for a couple of free-kicks which were headed away well by the Town defence.

It was the Mariners who started to dominate things when Hiram Boateng was forced to make an important block before Harry Clifton had an effort from close range blocked on the line by Jordan Moore-Taylor.

The game then sprung into life in the 37th minute when Taylor was brought down by Nathan Clarke in the Town area leaving referee, Andy Haines, to point to the penalty spot.

Stockley then stepped up to convert the penalty just under James McKeown’s right hand as the keeper dived to his right.

It was Town’s turn to try from the spot just one minute later when Haines awarded his second penalty of the afternoon, this time when Troy Brown brought down Harry Cardwell.

Fortunately for the Grecians, Hooper was unable to match the precision of Stockley just moments before, when the striker fired wide of Pym’s right-hand post meaning City took a narrow lead into the break.

City went close to making it 2-0 just five minutes into the second-half when Lee Holmes cut in from the right to deliver a dangerous cross which Troy Brown got a glancing header to, but his attempt was just wide of the Town goal.

Tisdale’s side continued to limit their hosts to half chances with Hooper having another opportunity, this time on the edge of the box, which he dragged wide of Christy Pym’s goal.

In a competitive second period City pushed for a second of the afternoon and had two good chances blocked by the Town defence when Taylor rifled an effort towards goal, before he then got to the by-line to cross before being denied.

The Grecians were reduced to ten men on 80 minutes when Wilson was given a second yellow card for a foul on Diallang Jaiyesimi on the right wing, meaning City would be up against it going into the final stages.

Credit to City as they defended well for the rest of the match, shutting out a determined Town side as they take an important three points back to Devon.

Grimsby Town: McKeown, Dixon (Vernam, 83), Clarke, Mills, Collins, Berrett, Rose, Clifton (Dembele, 76), Jaiyesimi, Cardwell, Hooper (Matt, 64)

Subs not used: Killip, Osborne, Kelly, Suliman

Booked: Dixon

Exeter City: Pym, Tillson, Harley, Holmes (Storey, 90), Stockley, Moore-Taylor, Moxey, Wilson, Taylor, Brown, Boateng (James, 83)

Subs not used: Jones, Woodman, Simpson, Jay, Edwards

Sent off: Wilson

Attendance: 4,151 (Inc, 148, away)

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Ticket News

Away tickets: Grimsby Town (February 24)

2 February 2018

Tickets for Exeter City's trip to Grimsby Town on Saturday, February 24 (3pm kick-off) are now on sale.

To buy tickets online please click here. You can also call the club during the normal office hours on 01392 411243 or visit the club shop & reception in person between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Ticket prices for the away fans in the Osmond Away Stand are as follows:

  • Adult: £18
  • Seniors (65+): £11
  • Students (With ID): £11
  • Young Adult (15-18): £11
  • Juniors Unaccompanied (14 and under): £7
  • Juniors Accompanied (14 and under): £5
  • Ambulant Disabled: £18 with carer free (with proof of high or enhanced living allowance)
  • Wheelchair: As with free carer*

*Must be booked via GTFC Ticket Office on 01472 605050.

Matchday Purchase available? Yes, subject to matchday increases.

Grecian Travel: The supporters coach to Blundell Park departs at 6:30am and is £35 per person. Please click here to find out more.

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