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Tis: It keeps our momentum going

27 March 2017

Exeter City manager hails comeback as 'huge' moment

Exeter City’s three-goal comeback against Yeovil Town on Saturday was hailed as a huge moment in their season by manager Paul Tisdale.

The Grecians were trailing their Westcountry rivals 3-0 in the 88th minute on Saturday but rescued a point with goals from David Wheeler, Troy Brown and Reuben Reid.

City have seven games of the season to go and the point they rescued kept them inside the League Two play-off places on goal difference heading into a crunch match with Mansfield Town this weekend. 

Speaking about the comeback, Tis said: “It keeps our momentum going. It is another point and we keep going forward and the feeling of going into the next game having not been beaten is huge. 

“We are accumulating points. There are seven games to go and there will be times between now and the first weekend in May where we think we have blown it. Then there will be times where we think we are cruising it and we have won and it all feels great. In either situation, it won’t be the case. 

“Until that final whistle is blown on the last game of the season we are not there and we have not blown it. We are in it. That is how we have got to view it. We are in it and we have got to stay there.” 

Tis also said their three-goal comeback was a lesson for his team. City have conceded injury-time goals against both Carlisle United and Notts County this season to drop points when they were winning. 

The City manager says their own comeback comes as a reminder for them to avoid being on the wrong end of a similar situation. 

"It just shows you that one goal can become two – it’s something we talk about all the time when we're leading," he said. 

“I think it’s a lesson to our team as well, a lesson to me and the coaches that you can never count your chickens. Don’t celebrate early, don't think you’re there because one goal can become two and two can become three.

“A lot of things happened on Saturday - I think we played really well for 60 minutes. The first half was a shutout and a stalemate with a strong wind. I didn’t have Reuben (Reid) or David (Wheeler) to start the game, as both hadn't trained all week, so I didn't want to play them from the staff as I thought they'd run out of steam.

“I think a stalemate at half-time suited both teams really but, wow, what a final half an hour. It was really exciting, full of mistakes but full of good football.”


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