Tis: “We don’t give in”

Manager gives reaction to Cobblers loss

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale reflected on a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Northampton Town on Tuesday evening.

The Grecians went down to an Ian Morris strike in the second period, just minutes after the Cobblers man had entered play from the bench.

“It’s a very disappointing night and the table doesn’t look great, but we have to keep our nerve,” said Tis.  “I have to make sure on the training ground we keep doing the best we can.

“We have to deal with [the anxiety] better than we did in that last period.  You’ve got to get the first goal and keep a clean sheet – there are some basics there we have to do.  The way the players started against Northampton, I’m confident that they can get themselves into these games – but it’s about scoring more than you concede and we didn’t do that.

“The problem is when you don’t put the ball in the right areas or put pressure on the goal, you’re not going to score.  

“We missed a golden chance with David Wheeler in the first 20-minute period, and in the first half an hour we looked strong and competent and [Northampton] looked very nervous.  That was completely different to the last half-hour – once they scored their goal, their nerves went and we became very nervous and didn’t finish the game particularly well.

“The basics are that you have to score more than you concede.  Northampton scored a very good goal on the break, and we had a lot of forward momentum in the first half without creating enough.

“It’s disappointing, but as much as it looks dire, we have to remain upbeat and do our very best.  We don’t give in to it.”