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Tis: It was a very competent performance

Paul Tisdale gave his thoughts on the 4-1 win over Morecambe

30 September 2017

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale was pleased with his side’s display as they ran out comfortable 4-1 winners over Morecambe at St James Park.

Troy Brown notched the first of the match, before Jayden Stockley’s double and a Dean Moxey goal on his starting return for the club, capped off an excellent day for the Grecians as they sit second in Sky Bet League Two.

Following the match, Tis admitted he could only enjoy the performance in the last couple of minutes, as City bounced back from consecutive defeats over Coventry City and Notts County.

He said: “Your professionalism is always demanding that you are checking on the players’ concentration, focus and the things that we practice. In the last couple of minutes, when you are 4-1 up, yes that’s reasonably enjoyable.”

The City boss praised his players for their performance throughout the match which saw players from both sides pick up injuries with Jordan Tillson limping off for the Grecians after being on the receiving end of a heavy challenge.

Tis continued: “Today I’m very pleased because, from start to finish, it was a very competent performance. I think we could have got another, without being greedy, it was a really good day.

“We are hopeful for the outcome of Jordan Tillson’s x-ray. He took a nasty challenge and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he isn’t seriously injured.”

Tis was also quick to praise the strike partnership between Reuben Reid and Jayden Stockley as they gave the Morecambe defenders a particularly tough afternoon at SJP.

“They played really well today as a pair.” Tis said. “But they were ably supported by the rest of the team. You defend from the front and attack from the front, they certainly couldn’t have played that way if they hadn’t had the timing of the delivery and the service that they received. The whole team played particularly well.

“We had rhythm from back-to-front. Jayden has had a really good day, he could have scored a hat-trick but I was pleased with his overall contribution. It was nice to see Dean Moxey back starting a game for Exeter City, he did really well and got a goal.”

Despite the victory, Tis said there were parts of the game that City will continue to work on as they go into matches with Plymouth Argyle, in the Checkatrade Trophy, and a long trip to Carlisle United next weekend.

He said: “There were plenty of bits of untidy play in our game today but the excellence of our performance was the overall timing to execute what we practiced, and by that I mean you can play well when you know what is coming next as a team. The craft of it is to try to create a situation where you know what is coming next.

“The overall flow of the game was a good one. We didn’t have it against Coventry, and we played well against Notts County on Tuesday but came on the wrong side of a good team and I think we were back on it today.”


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