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"I think we did enough to get a goal today"

Tis pleased with performance in goalless draw with Yeovil Town

13 March 2018

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale said he could not fault the players for their performance against Yeovil Town on Tuesday night, despite the Grecians being held to a goalless draw at home.

City had the best chances to win the match, with Jayden Stockley shooting wide from inside the box and Hiram Boateng hitting the bar from close range. 

Yeovil Town looked lively on the counter-attack, but having had the lion’s share of possession and chances it was the home players who left the field of play disappointed not to have grabbed all three points.

“I thought was a really good game,” said Tis. “I can’t quite believe there were no goals in it and I can’t fault the way we played.

“We didn’t do too much wrong today. We had plenty of chances. We tried really hard.

“I think Matt Jay had five half chances in the first five minutes. I can't fault the players for their intent at the start of the game because they went for it and we continued to go for it. They (Yeovil) had a threat with the counter-attack as well. They were spritely with their breakaways - so we had to be really good on our recovery as well - but I think we did enough to get a goal today.”

Speaking about Jayden’s chance, which came in the final minute of normal time, Tis added:

“Jayden doesn’t miss those chances very often so we expect that to change next time, but I am really pleased with the way we played,” said Tis. “It is a point, we wanted three but a point is better than zero and we put in a really good performance in today. There were some really good positives with the performances.

“There wasn’t a poor performance out there, but the first half Matt Jay was outstanding – Ryan Harley the same. We had two or three really top performances and just couldn’t quite get the goal.”

The point keeps City sixth in the table, five points behind the automatic promotion places with two games in hand on third-placed Notts County. With 11 games of the season to go, it means the pressure is being turned up in the promotion race but that is not a concern for Tis.

“We have got to enjoy it,” he said. “We have got to make the most of it and not take too much on about the pressure of every game.

“We have got to play the moment and there were a number of comments today aimed at us as if we didn’t want to go and score a goal today.

“However, I thought the players did everything they could to get a win and we got a point. We take that and we go on to the next two away games and we just have to relax and play our football. I believe we are good enough.”

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