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Tis: “We didn’t take our moments”

21 December 2013

City gaffer disappointed to not have capitalised on chances

Following a 2-0 home defeat to Chesterfield, Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale was disappointed not to have converted the opportunities that presented themselves in the first period into what would have been a crucial goal for the Grecians.

It was a combination of profligate shooting and not quite being able to work the chance to pull the trigger that meant Spireites stopper Tommy Lee was fairly untroubled in the first period.

“We didn’t take our moments in the first half,” said Tis.  “We didn’t show enough composure or we rushed things – we were jumpy with our decisions.

“That’s really where we missed our chance today – about four or five times in the first time the ball was at our feet in the penalty box and with them scrambling a bit and with them under pressure, we didn’t take those moments at all and show enough class around the goal.”

The Grecians were on the receiving end of the first goal in the 47th minute as Ollie Banks headed in from a corner, which smacked of a team taking their chance when it arose.

“In the first half everyone contributed and we looked a really fluid team,” he said.  “We were tough and moved the ball about under awful conditions – we made the right passes and looked a good side.

“It was another moment a minute after half-time, which means all that counts for nothing if you don’t do your job.  We’ve adopted the same system now for well over 12 months and we’ve been good at it, but we’ve slipped so that’s something for me to address.

“The rest of it then becomes frustrating because you’re losing, and the focus turns to weaknesses and what we did wrong.”

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