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Exeter City v Plymouth Argyle: Tis takes positives despite derby defeat

17 September 2016

Tis: The players beleived in each other and what we are doing

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale highlighted the positive aspects of his sides play, despite losing 2-0 to Plymouth Argyle.

The Devon derby at St James Park saw City go down to first half goals from Graham Carey and Paul-Arnold Garita, in match where the Grecians hit the post through Lee Holmes and Robbie Simpson saw a first half header fly just over the crossbar.

Despite City's best efforts through the likes of Holmes, who returned from injury, as well as the impressive Jack Stacey at right back, they weren't able to break a resolute Pilgrims defence.

On the defeat Tis, said: “I was pleased with how my players played. But it hasn’t manifested itself in a result, which seems to be the trend of our recent games.

“I was very proud of them, they certainly believed in each other, but our achilles heel has been an unsettled back four over the past month, and we got undone by two goals through the middle of the field and that was the difference between the sides today.

“You’ve got to score more than the opposition, that’s the bottom line.”

Although City’s beginning to the season has been a frustrating one, Tis thinks that it is just a matter of time before results turn themselves around and explained that today’s performance saw him proud of his side.

He continued: “I’ve won some of these games and lost some of them, and there’s been the odd game or two where I’ve come in seething, but today I just said to the players that I trust them, and they’ve showed a lot of guts today.”

“I would be upset I if I was sat here saying ‘where is this team going and where is the next step?’ but I can see it. We’ve just got to get a win or two under our belts.”

The Grecians will now look to bounce back from defeat as they set their sights on an away trip to Stevenage.

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