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Tis: We Need To Pick Ourselves Up

13 February 2016

Grecians boss reacts to Wycombe defeat

EXETER CITY manager Paul Tisdale felt his side could have done more to get something out of the game as the Grecians fell to a 1-0 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park.

Stephen McGinn’s wonder goal shortly after half-time gave Wycombe all three points, though City did have some good chances throughout the game.

"I thought we were very competitive and for the first fifty minutes we were well and truly in the game," Paul said. "The goal changed it. The only disappointment I have is that we didn’t find a way of alternating and changing our play in the final twenty minutes. It just ebbed away from us. We did perform pretty well for that first hour, but we’ve lost, and we’ve now got to pick ourselves up again ahead of York on Tuesday. I’ve got a squad to use and it’s not as if we’re short of players.

"I just felt we could have got more in the final twenty minutes. I changed the personnel and I’ve changed the system, hoping to spark some the fluency in our play that we needed. The pitch was as good as you’ll get in League 2 to play football on, but we needed to show far more purpose and confidence. Wycombe are very good at holding their lead, and when they score they know exactly what they’re doing. We knew it would be difficult, but I just wanted more from our team in that final twenty minutes. We’ve been good away from home recently, but we need to get points.

"It was nice to see Ryan Harley and David Wheeler come back into the side, but we need to get points and there’s no hiding from that fact, with games running out. We’re two-thirds of the way through the season. We’ve got a healthy squad, and we've now got two games a week for the next three weeks, there's an opportunity to use it. 

"These away matches are something that we're used to, but they are more of an issue for the travelling supporters. Let’s hope we get a couple up to York.  It will be a big ask, but thanks to them for making the trip today, though sadly we couldn’t get a result for them. We’ve got another opportunity on Tuesday, and in League 2 you can easily pick up three or four wins a row, which we have done recently. It's onto the next for us."

You can listen to Paul's post-match thoughts here.

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