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Tis: We Got There Eventually

2 March 2016

Grecians boss reacts to Portsmouth draw

EXETER CITY manager Paul Tisdale was impressed by the way his team responded as the Grecians came from behind to take a point against Portsmouth.

Ollie Watkins' last-gasp goal cancelled out Connor Chaplin’s earlier strike to earn a deserved draw for City.
"I’m delighted with the performance and really pleased after what was a pretty poor performance last week," Paul said. "Today was an excellent performance. We got a point and we played with some freedom that we hadn’t had in the last two games. We had support throughout the game and I thought the players played well in difficult conditions; it was bumpy and there was a strong wind especially in the second half. I’m delighted with the football we played. That was a proper performance.
"You’ve got to take your chances; Jayden [Stockley] had three really good chances tonight and the ball hasn’t gone in the net. If you’re going to describe their goal as a snapshot I think that would be on the mark. That sixty seconds could have looked a whole lot different if Jayden had put it in the back of the net.

"To be honest, it was a bit of a stalemate in the first half, but I can't fault the team today. They played as a team, and I was really impressed with the way we played football under pressure in the second half. Okay, I took some chances with the substitutions, and had a very attacking team on the pitch, but it certainly gave us the impetus to move up the final third. Ollie Watkins had a very good game and he’s developing very, very quickly. He's very good at receiving it, wriggling his man and carrying the game towards the opposition's goal, and that's what he did for our goal. It was a dogged performance, but eventually, we got in there."

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