Manager's praise for Irish striker
Manager Paul Tisdale has labelled John O’Flynn's display on Tuesday as the Irishman’s best in an Exeter City “for a long time" ahead of the Grecians' clash with Morecambe on Saturday. (3pm)
The former Cork City and Barnet attacker headed home Guillem Bauza’s effort just two minutes in to Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace and was extremely unlucky not to add a second with a dipping volley in the second half.
And after the match his manager spoke of his delight at John’s performance.
“Tonight was the best I’ve seen John play for a long time,” he said. “He was dynamic, the ball stuck to him, he threatened the back of their defence and he scored a goal. He came very close to a second with a fantastic dipping volley as well.
“It was the best I’ve seen him play for a long time for Exeter. It bodes well to have that kind of competition upfront and players fighting for positions because we are going to need them all.”
The man himself was pleased with his performance after enjoying an injury-free pre-season, something he certainly didn’t have the benefit of at the start of last season.
“I feel sharp at the moment and I’m playing higher up the pitch as well,” he said. “Tis wants me playing on the last man, on the shoulder.
“I got a good pre-season under my belt and that was much needed because I missed a good chunk of last season. Any player who misses pre-season always faces an uphill battle I think.”
To read more of this interview with O’Flynn as well as exclusives with Scot Bennett, Rhys Evans and Pat Baldwin, make sure you pick up a programme at the ground on Saturday priced at £3.