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Tis: We've Learned Our Lessons

25 September 2015

Exeter City boss looks ahead to Wycombe match

EXETER CITY manager Paul Tisdale has revealed how he is looking forward to this weekend's Sky Bet League 2 match against Wycombe Wanderers, which offers the Grecians a chance to bounce back from the disappointment of last week's defeat at Accrington Stanley.

"Last week wasn't a 4-2 game," Tis said, "but we have to pick out the positive points. There were plenty of them, but I'm realistic enough to know that you can't concede four goals and expect to leave with the three points. We've learned our lessons. My job is to keep a long-term view together with the short-term need of winning games, and in that we're hoping to develop the team. I'm very much looking forward to the game this weekend, and I think we've got a very good chance of getting the three points.

"It's about how many goals you score, not who scores them. Lee Holmes and Joel Grant will have been pleased to get their first goals last weekend, but they are professional so they know that it's the team result that truly matters. The number of goals is the only statistic that matters. I would love my attacking players to score goals, because that breeds confidence, but as long as we get the points, I don't mind who scores.

"I don't know how many times I've managed against Wycombe, and this weekend's match will have the same desired result as all the rest - to get the three points that would allow us to continue our challenge for a place at the top end of the table. We'll challenge them in areas that will hopefully make them uncomfortable, and they'll of course do the same to us."

The Grecians begin another busy fixture schedule this weekend, with trips to Portsmouth, Newport and Plymouth (JPT) all to come within the next fortnight.

"We're back to two games a week now," Tis said, "but we've got as good a chance as any other team with the squad that we've got available to us. It's a tricky few weeks ahead of us against some good sides, but if you want to be successful you have to beat those good teams.

"Ryan Harley won't be out long - we're hoping he'll be involved on Saturday, but if not he should be back in for the next one. We have players like Manny Oyeleke in the squad who can ably deputise, and we have to use that squad to our best advantage."

Get your tickets for this weekend's match against Wycombe here. It's a 3pm kick-off on Saturday at St James Park.

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