Tis: Two Goals Were Too Much For Us Today

Grecians boss reacts to Wimbledon defeat

EXETER CITY manager Paul Tisdale reflected that the two-goal margin was too much for his depleted side to overcome after AFC Wimbledon left St James Park with all three points.

Tom Elliott opened the scoring before Lyle Taylor added the seconds as the Dons did enough to win the match in the first half.

"I'm disappointed to have lost, but I'm reasonably happy with the way we played," Paul said. "I thought that we came up against a team that put in a very, very good performance, and their lead was just too much for us to get back. They defended extremely well, and our players never stopped, but those two goals were too much for us today.

"Wimbledon were very strong against us, and got a good first goal from a set-piece, but the second was soft. We're weak at the moment; I'm not looking to make excuses, but I think that we've done particularly well with the performances that we've put in in the last few games, but we've come away with nothing. We're waiting for the cavalry to come back at the moment - we've got players on the verge, and players back in training. I need to get the rest of them fit as quickly as possible.

"David Wheeler dropped out in the warm-up, and Ollie Watkins took his place and came on. That being said, I think that the players who have played have put in a shift, and they have played at their best. I've thought we've been value for points over the last three games; we just haven't gotten any. I'm not going to start belittling the players who have played - I just want a full squad. The players who played have been good enough to get a result; but we haven't got it and we march on. Football moves on very quickly, and we've got Dagenham next week. We go again.

"The crowd were tremendous for us again so well done to them. The players were together, and we are professional people, so we are concerned, but we haven't played that badly. It was just too much for us to come back into the game today."