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"Both sides try to win it and there was a remarkable amount of good football played on a difficult surface"

Tis reflects on City's 1-1 draw with Carlisle United on Saturday

10 March 2018

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale said he was disappointed to have not held on to all three points in their match with Carlisle United on Saturday, but that he could not fault the way his side played.

The Grecians took the lead towards the end of the first half as Dean Moxey volleyed home, but a mistake in the second half gifted a chance to Ashley Nadesan and the Carlisle substitute fired past Christy Pym to give Keith Curle a share of the spoils.

“I thought it was a good game,” said Tis. “Both sides try to win it and I thought there was a remarkable amount of good football played on a difficult surface.

“I was disappointed that, when we got a goal in front that, we lost the lead. However, we haven’t done that very often and it was an unusual mistake from Jake (Taylor) that led to the goal.

“We are disappointed to lose the three points and only get one, but it is a good point gained against a team that is on a good run.

“I certainly don’t have any hard feeling with how the team played and how they committed and defended. We did a lot right today and played some good football on a pretty tricky surface.”

The point kept City sixth in the table, six points off the automatic promotion places with three games in hand over third-placed Notts County. One of those games in hand comes on Tuesday night against Yeovil, but Tis admitted today’s game – on a tough pitch – will have taken it out of his team.

“It was hard work out there and the game was stretched,” said Tis. “There was a lot of space in that midfield so I wanted to get three in there most of the time, which we did.

“It looked like our best chance was going to be through the lines, with Hiram (Boateng) or Kyle Edwards or Jake Taylor.

“I was trying to get them in the right place just to make the difference. We had to defend at the other end and there were some really good performances. 

“Jordan Tillson was fabulous today in his midfield role and Hiram (Boateng) was on top of his game. So yes, the players were tired at the end but we have got another game on Tuesday and we have got to get on with it.”

Speaking about the injuries to Jordan Moore-Taylor and Lee Holmes, who both had to come off in the first half, Tis said: “Jordan Moore-Taylor is a knee injury. We will get it scanned but I am hesitant to talk about what the outcome will be.

“Lee had a knock to his ankle. It is something he has had from a previous injury at Yeovil Town and we will have to see how he is. Hopefully, it will only be a day or two but he was uncomfortable. I don’t know if he went over on it or got a knock on it but either way he was too sore.”

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