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Tis: It was a really good game

Paul Tisdale gave his thoughts on City's 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers

10 February 2018

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale felt his side took a good point away from their 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers at St James Park.

Lloyd James’ free-kick gave the Grecians the lead but a second-half strike from Marcus Bean brought Wycombe level as the sides played out a competitive match

Following the result, Tis said: “It was a really good game, end to end and we’re happy to walk away with a point, albeit at half-time I felt we had it in us to win it. They responded really well after half-time and they are a very tough team to beat.”

One of the key talking points of the match came when City’s Lee Holmes went down in the Wycombe penalty area before he was given a yellow card for simulation.

He continued: “Lee is adamant that he took a touch and the keeper took him out, the referee has to make a judgement. “

Tis also spoke in a wider context on the issue of players being cautioned for going down in the box.

He said: “It seems to be a very hot topic at the moment, why can’t it be one or the other? Why does it have to be a penalty or a yellow card? Why can’t it just be no foul? I don’t see why every time somebody goes down in the box, it’s either a penalty or a yellow card, there is too much pressure on referees.

“I didn’t think Lee dived, he’s adamant that he didn’t, and the referee says it’s not a penalty. Does it have to be a yellow card? I just don’t see that one, it could just be no foul, play on."

The Grecians were also forced to make an early change when Jordan Storey was substituted in first half after a clash with Adebayo Akinfenwa.

He continued: “Lots of stitches, I haven’t looked at it and I’m sure he doesn’t want to look at it in the mirror, he’ll have to do that soon. The doctor tried really hard to stitch him up and sort it out but there was no guarantee that he’d make it back onto the pitch, so we made a substitution and Craig Woodman came on.

“We’ve had one after the other, centre half issues, we’ve not been able to put the same pair out there for quite a while now.

“Jordan Moore-Taylor was fantastic, he did a wonderful job. It was such a shame for Jordan Storey, he played so well at Luton and he looked really assured again today. Dean Moxey went back in there again, he seems to be the back-up every time.

Tis also looked ahead to what is a busy week for the Grecians as they face a midweek trip to Port Vale before welcoming Mansfield Town to St James Park next Saturday.

He said: “We’ve got a good squad, that’s why we’ve got Kane Wilson, Kyle Edwards and Ryan Loft. That’s why we’ve got good strength in depth.

"Over the course of the season you cannot expect to have the same team out there every week. Yes, the games are coming thick and fast and this pitch puts extra stress on the players. We go into Tuesday thinking, we might have a few changes again, but we have to back ourselves."


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