Exeter City 1 Hull City 3: Match reaction

Tis: 'A good day for the club'

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale hailed his side’s battling performance against Premier League Hull City as ‘another good day for the club in the way they conducted themselves’

The Grecians lost the match 3-1 at St James Park, but more than matched their opponents for 70 minutes before late goals from Adma Diomande and Robert Snodgrass settled the match.

“It was a good game and there's no shame in the result," said Tis. "We did some really good stuff and I'm really pleased with the way the players played – I suppose we haven't got to forget we were against a Premier League side.

"I'm not unhappy at all – I'm disappointed we lost the game but I'm not unhappy with the way we played, the environment and the supporters.

"It was another good day for the club in the way we conducted ourselves and I think a lot of what we did on the pitch was good.”

City took the lead through a wonder goal from Jake Taylor on 24 minutes. Tis admitted it was a great strike but was a little disappointed his side didn’t hold onto the lead for more than a minute as they conceded straight away through Diomande.

"Jake Taylor's goal was a brilliant goal – a lovely strike and it was just a shame they scored so quickly after us to equalise,” said Tis.

"It wasn't the ideal riposte from us to concede so quickly but it was a lovely worked goal and you haven't got to forget we were playing some pretty good players.

"One second of poor focus and they were in and it was a nice finish but it would be unfair to dissect our performance and criticise our players in one or two circumstances against some very good players.”

Ethan Ampadu, starting again in the EFL Cup despite being 15 years old, impressed picking up the man-of-the-match award.
"He was taking on players again and it just shows the ability of a young man who can play numerous positions,” said Tis.

"He can cope with the football and make good decision after good decision.

"He was selected as a defender and he will get judged on his defending first and foremost, as that's the first job he has to do, but we'll look at that and then keep trying to develop him and encourage him and select him in the appropriate matches.

"He can play midfield, he can play forward, he can play wide – he can play anywhere."