Tis: We Have To Make Our Flow Count

Grecians boss reacts to Dagenham defeat

EXETER CITY manager Paul Tisdale bemoaned his side's inability to make the most of their box-to-box play after the Grecians opened 2016 with defeat at home to Dagenham & Redbridge.

"I'm disappointed that we've lost," he said. "That's four in a row now, but I was more than happy with our play from box to box, but we just didn't convert our play into the goals that matter. I've been very philosophical with the players; there's a time for criticism, and the clear fact of the matter is that I think that we've played pretty well over the last four games. Other than the last twenty minutes at Oxford, I feel we've competed in all of those games.

"I'm of course accountable for the results, and that's four losses, which isn't great, but the players are also responsible for their jobs. We haven't taken our chances over the last four games, and we've conceded soft goals. I can't defend them and say it was unlucky - it's not unlucky. I can't remember Dagenham having more than two shots today, and from both of them the ball ended up in the back of the net. They are hurting as much as I and everyone else connected to the club. I believe in the players, but I have to question our inability to convert chances and keep the ball out of the net.

"Is it just a blip for us, or is it more than that? The players we're using at the moment are the fittest we've got, but we've got some decisions to make over the next few weeks. I don't want to lose the play that we've had from box to box. I know that we've had players missing, but I have to believe that the flow of our game has been good, and we have to make that count."