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"We have got to be more streetwise and clinical"

Tis upset by too many shots over Morecambe's crossbar

18 March 2018

Exeter City manager was critical of his side’s finishing on Saturday as their unbeaten run of four games came to an end at Morecambe.

The Grecians took the lead against Jim Bentley’s side when Pierce Sweeney rolled a shot into the bottom corner, following a good dummy from Jayden Stockley, but they allowed Sam Lavelle to head home five minutes later and then Michael Rose gave the Shrimps all three points with a long-range effort 13 minutes from time. 

City had plenty of the ball throughout the match, even with a strong wind against them in the second half. However, they only managed to test Barry Roche on one other occasion with a dipping shot from Kyle Edwards that the Morecambe keeper had to tip out of the top corner. 

“I think that’s the only shot we had that went under the crossbar by a fraction, Barry Roche got his fingertips to it though,” said Tis. 

“Other than that I can’t remember a shot we had that was on target so we’re going to have to look at ourselves and say that’s not quite good enough. 

“Largely we played pretty well, there weren’t too many issues, it was very difficult conditions but we dealt with them pretty well. 

“If you’re critical with the summary of detail though, we shot too many over the crossbar. I don’t know how you’re going to score when the ball keeps flying over the crossbar but we continued to do it.” 

Another aspect of the game Tis wasn’t happy with was the fact that having got themselves in front, through Pierce Sweeney in the 37th minute, they allowed Morecambe a soft equaliser just before half-time. At that stage, the Shrimps had been playing against the wind for the first 45 minutes and to let them in at the break level was a turning point in the match. 

“We did the first part of the job,” said Tis. “However, in the five minutes after we scored, they came back to equalise, and that was a big point in the game because we knew we had a tough second half with the wind against us. It gave them a real lifeline, really. It was a point where we had a really good foothold in the game and with five minutes to go to half-time and conditions behind us, I’d have liked to have seen us taking that next goal and making it two. 

“Of course we tried but we failed to do so. They hung on in that first half and to go in at 1-1 they must have been delighted. 

 “We have to be more clinical and streetwise and turn that start we had into points. 

“That’s the bit that frustrates me, at the start of the game, because we are a goal up away from home, and it’s a real shame.” 

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