Tis: “It’s happened too many times”

Manager rues soft opener at Gigg Lane

Grecians manager Paul Tisdale was left counting the cost of a cheaply conceded goal at Gigg Lane, as ten-men Exeter City fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Bury.

The Shakers were particularly impressive from the off, though Exeter held out well until the 66th minute including dealing with a succession of corners from the home side.

But the opener came from a set-piece as Chris Hussey’s left-footed strike skipped up off the turf and into the net via the gloves of Artur Krysiak.

City had to see out the final 20 minutes a man down when Danny Coles was dismissed after picking up a second yellow.  Exeter went for broke and looked at arguably their most potent when they were chasing that deficit in the closing stages, but sub Tom Soares rounded off a good move for the home side in added time for the second.

“We did better as the game went on as they put us under a lot of pressure, and ironically the goal comes from something very soft – which has happened too many times in recent weeks and months," said Tis.

“Bury had the initiative today with the way spread out and passed it, and they did very well with it.

“We had a tough first 20 minutes when they played particularly well, and it crystallised our thoughts that we have defend.

“The players worked very hard and they were very committed, and at nil-nil I could still see us having the opportunity to break away.

“To concede a soft goal like that again, where it was a deflection and then went in very easily, we come off very disappointed.

“We ploughed on and they caught us on the break [for the second goal], and there was every chance that might happen.”