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Tis: "We have got to do better away from home"

City manager looks ahead to Saturday's trip to Notts County and a chance to improve his side's recent record on the road

18 January 2018

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale admits his side have to do a lot better away from home, starting with Saturday’s trip to Notts County.

The Grecians have lost their last five League Two games on the road and, while they have started some of those matches off well, Tis says there has been something missing from their performances when you compare it to the displays at St James Park.

“I think we have got to do better,” said Tis. “I think there has been the odd game or two where we have started really well and we looked like a team that wasn’t going to lose a game – notably Yeovil away and Chesterfield away but there has been something that has been missing that we have had at home.

“I think we have got to be careful not to overthink it as well. You get these strange little quirks in a league season and you can look into it and dig deep and actually sometimes it is just about mentality and a purpose and an intensity to your play that gets things back on track.

“So I am trying to get the balance right between overthinking things and just getting the players to be at their best.”

Notts County will provide a stern test though as they are yet to lose a match at home League Two this season. 

“They are definitely one of the league pacesetters and it is a good barometer for us, especially away from home,” said Tis. “We have had some poor form away from home recently so it is a good challenge for us.”

Asked why the away and home form where so different for City, Tis added: “I’m pretty sure of the reasons why but I am not going to talk about them in the press. 

"It is kind of how life works, it is a balance. We have worked very hard on how we need to improve things for our home form and it is very difficult when you feel that you need to change from one week to the next.

“I don’t want to get into that cycle where we need to pick a different team every single week. We want side and a team that is capable of doing both and it is what it is.”

Captain Jordan Moore-Taylor is rated as 50/50 for Saturday’s game at Meadow Lane. Troy Brown and Luke Croll are both back in training as well but will not be fit for the match against County. 

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Grecians seal important victory at Meadow Lane

20 January 2018

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Exeter City got back to winning ways away from home with a 2-1 win over Notts County at Meadow Lane in Sky Bet League Two.

An early strike from Jake Taylor and a smart finish from Jayden Stockley gave the Grecians a two-goal cushion at half-time, before Jon Stead pulled a goal back for the hosts with a second-half penalty.

Despite late pressure from the home side, City hung on and claimed an excellent three points on the road.

Paul Tisdale made just one change to the side that beat Coventry City last time out as Craig Woodman came in for Dan Seaborne with Dean Moxey switching to central defence to partner Troy Archibald-Henville in Nottinghamshire.

The Grecians dominated the opening encounters and they took the lead on eight minutes. Lloyd James’ free kick eventually found its way to Dean Moxey, who cannoned an effort off the post, before it rebounded into the path of an unmarked Taylor who tapped in from close range to give City the perfect start.

City then had another brilliant chance on 15 minutes when Lloyd James latched onto a Lee Holmes throw-in before he darted into the area, but unfortunately for the Grecians, his cross towards Ryan Harley was intercepted and cleared.

The home side were unable to fashion any clear-cut chances in the first half, with Christy Pym relatively untested apart from collecting a couple of dangerous crosses.

The Grecians continued to pose a threat to Kevin Nolan’s side with Stockley causing plenty of problems for the County defence as he looked to hold up the ball for the likes of Holmes and James who would frequently join the attack.

Tisdale’s side then put themselves further ahead on 42 minutes through Stockley. After defending a spell of County pressure, the Grecians broke when Taylor played an excellent ball over the top for the City number 11.

And after controlling the ball, the forward played it onto his left foot before he curled an excellent effort past Ross Fitzsimons to give City a two-goal cushion at the break.

After the break, despite the home side seeing a lot more of the ball, it was City who created the first chance of the half. After working a throw-in well, Stockley turned brilliantly before unleashing a shot on the edge of the box which came back off the crossbar as the Grecians looked to further their advantage.

The hosts then created a good opportunity on 60 minutes when Jorge Grant got down the left and delivered a dangerous cross to the back post and Lewis Alessandra volleyed at goal, but for a vital block by Moxey.

Jorge Grant then had an effort on goal, but for a good save down low by Pym as the Grecians battled against a County side who were beginning to dominate much of the chances.

Nolan’s side were then awarded a penalty when Archibald-Henville was adjudged to have fouled substitute Shola Ameobi as both players challenged for a free-kick. Jon Stead then subsequently despatched the penalty sending Pym the wrong way.

County continued to turn up the pressure on City when Liam Noble had two efforts at goal within just a couple of minutes of each other, both going just wide after initial good work from Stead in the build-up play.

The hosts continued to pump balls into the City box but some resolute defending ensured City held out for a vital three points at Meadow Lane.

Notts County: Fitzsimons, Hewitt, Virtue (Ameobi, 62), Alessandra, Grant, Brisley (Dickinson, 83), Noble, Hunt, Husin (Walker, 67), Jones, Stead

Subs not used: Pindroch, Hawkridge, Forte, Smith

Booked:

Exeter City: Pym, Sweeney, Woodman, James, Archibald-Henville, Tillson, Harley, Holmes (Wilson, 67), Stockley, Moxey, Taylor (Boateng, 75)

Subs not used: Jones, Simpson, McAlinden, Seaborne, Edwards

Booked:

Attendance: 6,677 (Inc, 428, away)

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