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Tis: "We back ourselves despite injuries"

City manager looks ahead to trip to Vale Park amid injury crisis

12 February 2018

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale has a few injury concerns going into Tuesday night’s match at Port Vale but says the players will be backing themselves to get a result.

Jordan Storey and Pierce Sweeney both picked up knocks in the 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday which makes them doubtful for the trip to Vale Park. However, Tis says that is the reason why they have strength in depth aided by a few loan players joining the club this season.

“We have got a good squad and that is why we have got Kane Wilson, Kyle Edwards and Ryan Loft in on loan,” he said. “That is why we have got good strength in depth for these situations.

“For the course of the season you cannot expect to have the same team out there every week and that nothing goes wrong. Yes, the games are coming thick and fast and the St James Park pitch puts extra stress on the players. The duress that it puts their muscles under is possibly extra than it would be normally. However, I think we go into Tuesday thinking okay we might have a few changes again but we have to back ourselves.”

Jordan suffered a nasty clash with Adebayo Akinfenwa on Saturday. The young City defender, who made his first League Two start for the club, in the 1-0 defeat to Luton Town the week before, had been impressing at the centre of defence which created a problem for Tis on Saturday.

“The doctor tried really hard to get him stitched up and sorted out but there was no guarantee he would make it back onto the pitch, so we made a substitution and Craig Woodman came on,” said Tis. “We just seem to have one after the other with centre half issues.

“We have not been able to put the same pair out there for quite a while now. Jordan Moore-Taylor was fantastic coming back into the side on Saturday. We have missed him and he did a wonderful job.

"For Jordan Storey it was such a shame for him. He played so well at Luton and he looked really assured again on Saturday and we probably needed him in there. However, he got injured and Dean Moxey went back into the centre of defence again. He seems to be the back-up every time and he did a really good job.”

As for Pierce Sweeney, he picked up a knock late on but had to continue as City had already used all three substitutes at that point.

“He was injured and he would have come off ordinarily, but you just hope and hope and hope that he has not made it 10 times worse,” said Tis. “That was the issue with the early substitution (for Jordan Storey). You don’t ordinarily want to take a centre half off in the first half because it limits your options in the second. We needed to make a substitution with 10 minutes to go but we couldn’t.”

City’s match at Vale Park kicks-off at 7.45pm on Tuesday.  

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Tis: "It was a pretty ugly game but we nicked a goal from a set piece and we hung on"

City manager delighted with gritty Grecian victory

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Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale described his side’s 1-0 victory over Port Vale as an ugly victory as the players put their bodies on the line to keep a clean sheet.

The Grecians took the lead midway through the first half when a nice turn by Ryan Harley on the left wing created a yard of room for him to cross and his delivery was turned home by young centre-back Jordan Storey. 

It was a rare moment of attacking quality on a heavy and bobbly pitch at Port Vale and City were indebted to a couple of good saves from Christy Pym and a goal-line clearance from Jake Taylor for making sure the three points returned to Devon.   

“I’m delighted,” said Tis. “It was a pretty ugly game all round, really, from our point of view, but we nicked a goal from a set piece and we hung on. 

“It wasn’t our intention before the game but it was a very, very energy sapping pitch and I can see how the games are so difficult for the Port Vale side to play every week. 

“It’s very slow and arduous and I think the game just settled into a rhythm where we were defending our back line, the ball was getting hit to the back post, we’d defend, come out with it and try to get a second.

“Then we’d go back, they’d hit it to the back post and that was the rhythm to it. That lasted for about an hour and we managed to get over the line.” 

Storey making only his fourth start for the Grecians this season was superb at the back heading plenty of balls out of the area. Asked what was the difference between the two sides, Tis added: “We managed to score and they didn’t, it’s pretty simple.

“Is that lucky, is that not? I’d like to think our clean sheet was a lot of application and a lot of detail, we defended lots of set pieces and it’s not luck when you’re standing in the right place and your players do the right thing.

“It’s very hard to get a goal back when you’re a goal down at home and a side defends in such a focused manner as we did.

“We’ve been there, the Port Vale game at home was just the same – they scored and we did all the pushing and couldn’t get a goal. It was a copy of that, really.

“We were tired and both centre-backs who played on Saturday were missing. So we had the problems of selection but we’ve won three of our last four away games now and it was a big thing we thought we needed improve going into the final quarter of the season.

“It looks like we’re doing it, we’ve won all those games by a goal and we’ve had to defend really, really tightly.”

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Away tickets: Port Vale (February 13)

Tickets now on sale for trip to Vale Park

15 January 2018

Tickets for City's away match against Port Vale at Vale Park on Tuesday, February 13 are now on sale.

Online bookings for the match are handled directly with Port Vale, not through City's ticketing system. Please visit, register, and then select the ‘Away End’ option of our game.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling the club during the normal office hours on 01392 411243 or visiting the club shop & reception in person between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Matchday purchases are available and are cash only from 1pm outside the away stand. Matchday prices apply and are £2 more expensive.

Hamil Road Away Stand:

  • Adults (22-61): £20
  • Seniors (62+): £15
  • Young Adults (18-21): £15
  • Juniors (12-17): £8
  • Under 12s (0-11): FREE


Ambulant supporters pay their age related price and carer is free (Medium and High DLA must apply).

Ambulant customers wishing to sit in the Away Stand must note there are no disabled facilities available in this stand.

There is a dedicated stand for supporters with disabilities, which is a mixed supporter area and is situated at the opposite end of the ground. This stand is also suitable for wheelchair users and must be booked with PVFC directly – 01782 655821. Parking is available for this stand, costing £10 and can be booked with tickets.

Grecian Travel:

The supporters coach to Vale Park departs at 1:15pm and is £30 per person. Please click here to find out more.

Car Parking:

Matchday parking available and is pay on the day. Costs are:

  • Cars = £5
  • Mini Bus = £16
  • Coach = £25

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