Grecians boss reacts to Barnet defeat
EXETER CITY manager Paul Tisdale expressed disappointment at his team’s performance following the 2-0 defeat to Barnet at the Hive Stadium.
Josh Clarke was a thorn in the Grecians’ side throughout the match, forcing the first before scoring the other, leaving the City manager to reflect that his players had a lot of work to do.
“I was disappointed with the result and disappointed with the way that we played,” Paul said. “We’ve got some work to do. Fair play to Barnet – they took their chances and played their game particularly well. They played as an effective group, and we have a lot to do if that’s the way we’re going to play.”
The Grecians went behind in the first half as Troy Brown turned Josh Clarke’s cross into his own net, but the City boss felt that the home side were able to put in balls of that level of danger far too often.
“The ball was in those areas frequently enough for those things to happen. It wasn’t that they got lucky,” he said. “It might have been unlucky for us, but there was obviously some fortune about the way it went in. I would imagine that Barnet didn’t think that that would be the way that they scored, but there were enough players in there with enough frequency to raise the likelihood that things like that would happen. They deserved their goal based on the pressure that they had.
“It’ll be the same theme wherever you go – when a home team is winning they will look to hang on to it, and Barnet did that particularly well today. We’ve got some good elements to our play, but we’ve also got a lot to work on – I’m not going to hide away from that, and the players have to be more effective as a team in certain types of situations. Today we didn’t do what we have to do, so Barnet deserved to win.”