Tis: 'Lloyd James has picked up an injury but he is suspended for Saturday anyway'

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale will be without suspended Lloyd James for the match against Grimsby Town on Saturday but says other than that he has a good selection of players to choose from.

James picked up his fifth booking of the season in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Heybridge Swifts but would have missed Saturday’s match regardless because of an injury he picked up in the second-half of that game.

Ryan Brunt and Robbie Simpson are still out with their long-term injuries but other than that Tis has a healthy squad of players.

“We have players who have been out for a long time who are gradually making progress,” said Tis. “Lloyd James has picked up an injury but he is suspended for Saturday anyway. 

“It brought him off the pitch on Sunday but it is small injury and should keep him out for just the one week. Apart from that everyone is okay and we have got a good squad. Yes, we have got injuries but I have got no worries about the ones who will be selected on Saturday.”

Jayden Stockley and Reuben Reid have started the last seven games for City up front. Tis was asked how he thought that partnership was going.

“I think they are 100 per cent committed to playing their part in the team as all the players are,” said Tis. “You are never going to get everything right on day one. I suppose the only way to answer that is what happens at the end of the year.

“After 46 league games, where are we? Regardless of who scores the goals we defend from the front and we attack from the back. They are all part of the same team. If you are judging us solely on how many goals we score and who scores it, you are looking at it from a different point of view than I would be.

“I am looking at it from: Do we win? Do we finish in the position in the league that we aspire to? And Reuben and Jayden are both very committed but lest not forgot the other strikers we have because it won’t just be about Reuben and Jayden. We have Liam McAlinden who has improved greatly this year.

“Matt Jay who is making great strides. And then we have Robbie Simpson and Ryan Brunt who are currently not fit. We have got a good group of strikers there. So, to answer your question: They are doing great and I want all our players to develop and progress, them included.”