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Tis: 'We weren't at our best and we have to learn from that'

8 April 2017

Manager unhappy with his side's response to going a goal behind

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale admitted were not at their best as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to League Two strugglers Newport County AFC.

County took the lead midway through the second half when Tom Owen-Evans fired the ball into the bottom corner from 30 yards out. However, Tis was unhappy with the way his side responded to going a goal down and how they failed to make the most of their possession in attacking areas.

“They (Newport) made it a very competitive, tight game and they took their chance with that scenario,” said Tis. 

“They hit a lovely strike and got a good goal and we couldn’t respond. It was a tight game and I think it will be typical of the types of games we will get going into the end of the season. We weren’t at our best today and we have to learn from that.”

Newport did put men behind the ball once going a goal in front and were successful in slowing the game down at every opportunity. However, Tis had no complaints with that.

“They are entitled (to park the bus),” said Tis. “And we still got into some good attacking positions and didn’t take advantage. We will have these moments again and we have to be better than we were today to overcame them.”

Exeter remain in the play-off places though and still have a two-point cushion over eighth-place Blackpool. However, when asked if it felt like City had got out of jail, Tis said: “We have missed three points today. 

“Whether we sit sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth or fifth we have dropped three points that we dearly needed. Every week I am asked the same question and every week I say it is irrelevant where we are in the middle of April. We need to be in a positive position at the end of the season.”

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