Tis: Not Too Disheartened

Grecians manager reacts to Northampton defeat

EXETER CITY manager Paul Tisdale said that the Grecians were beaten by a more effective team following defeat to Northampton Town at Sixfields on Saturday.

Goals from Jason Taylor, Ryan Cresswell and Marc Richards consigned the Grecians to a first defeat of the season, but the City manager was by no means dejected with his side's performance.

"There are lots of things that I know are progressing, but it's still the early-season," he said. "We've got things to do, and I'm not too unhappy with the way we played - I'm just desperately disappointed with the result. I felt that Northampton were the better team across the course of the game, and they deserved their win, but I'm not too disheartened.

"It was a disappointing result, and there was plenty to talk about in the game. I don't think that we were far off, but we were beaten by a more effective team. I can't complain about the result, and we arguably could have done one or two things differently that might have changed the course of the game, but that's life. It's early days, and we need to look at the areas that we feel we could have done better."

It was a bruising encounter at Sixfields, with a physical Cobblers side delivering a number of high balls into the Exeter City box.

"Some teams have a certain type of route to goal," Paul said, "and we have another. It's not great when you're 2-0 down at half-time; both goals came from the pressure of balls into the box, and we'll look at that and say we'd have liked to do better.

"I have a few players that are perhaps slightly under match fitness - there were one or two below-par today, but I'm certainly not going to be too down about it. We've been here before; you're going to win games and lose games, but you don't dwell on the defeats, you just look ahead to the next one. We've got games on a Saturday-Tuesday schedule for a month, so we just have to move on the next game, get on with it and do our very best."