Grecians boss reacts to Dons defeatExeter City manager Paul Tisdale was in reflective mood after the Grecians’ 4-1 defeat at the hands of AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow.
A game that saw plenty of goalmouth action at either end saw the hosts gobble up their chances, while some gilt-edged opportunities for the Grecians went begging.
The Dons provided an energetic and rambunctious opposition – Matt Tubbs opened the scoring in the first period before Adebayo Azeez was credited with the second minutes after the break. Azeez netted a fine third before Adebayo Akinfenwa added a late fourth, and Liam Sercombe netted Exeter’s consolatory goal.
And Paul was disappointed that they team weren’t able to garner a result from the way that the game panned out.
“We don’t like losing, and we certainly don’t like losing so comprehensively,” said Paul. “We weren’t that bad today – we weren’t that great either, but we certainly weren’t four goals bad.
“But it happens and it’s a long football season and you’ll get these games. We made one or two mistakes and we did a lot of things quite well as well. You have to be philosophical about it but I’m certainly not pleased about the day.
“I’m not surprised that we created good chances and you hope that one or two of those go in and the flow of the game then changes. At one-nil down at half-time, I still thought we were a good bet for a win, but the game slipped away from us very quickly – they caught us on the break the more we opened up.
“It’s hard for me to be critical individually or with certain parts of the game without looking at it, because there wasn’t too much wrong. But there couldn’t have been too much right either. We need to be good enough to ride days like today and still come out with a draw or on top.
“Is it an anomaly? I hope so but I have to look at it very carefully and make sure we are more effective.
“Goals change games and we had a chance to put the ball in the back of the net two or three times in the first half and the game would have been a lot different.”