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Tis: "We have got to do better away from home"

City manager looks ahead to Saturday's trip to Notts County and a chance to improve his side's recent record on the road

18 January 2018

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale admits his side have to do a lot better away from home, starting with Saturday’s trip to Notts County.

The Grecians have lost their last five League Two games on the road and, while they have started some of those matches off well, Tis says there has been something missing from their performances when you compare it to the displays at St James Park.

“I think we have got to do better,” said Tis. “I think there has been the odd game or two where we have started really well and we looked like a team that wasn’t going to lose a game – notably Yeovil away and Chesterfield away but there has been something that has been missing that we have had at home.

“I think we have got to be careful not to overthink it as well. You get these strange little quirks in a league season and you can look into it and dig deep and actually sometimes it is just about mentality and a purpose and an intensity to your play that gets things back on track.

“So I am trying to get the balance right between overthinking things and just getting the players to be at their best.”

Notts County will provide a stern test though as they are yet to lose a match at home League Two this season. 

“They are definitely one of the league pacesetters and it is a good barometer for us, especially away from home,” said Tis. “We have had some poor form away from home recently so it is a good challenge for us.”

Asked why the away and home form where so different for City, Tis added: “I’m pretty sure of the reasons why but I am not going to talk about them in the press. 

"It is kind of how life works, it is a balance. We have worked very hard on how we need to improve things for our home form and it is very difficult when you feel that you need to change from one week to the next.

“I don’t want to get into that cycle where we need to pick a different team every single week. We want side and a team that is capable of doing both and it is what it is.”

Captain Jordan Moore-Taylor is rated as 50/50 for Saturday’s game at Meadow Lane. Troy Brown and Luke Croll are both back in training as well but will not be fit for the match against County. 

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