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Exeter boss Tisdale considers alternative options to turn around home form

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 09, 2013

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Paul Tisdale joked that his Exeter City players may stay in hotels and travel via Leeds this weekend in a bid to turn around the club's erratic home form.

The Grecians entertain Southend United at St James' Park on Saturday having won only three of their 15 League and cup encounters on home soil so far this year.

That record is in stark contrast to their away form, as Exeter equalled a club record by winning their ninth game on their travels at York City last weekend. It was also their fifth away win in succession, their best run of form outside of Devon since 1977.

"The players mentioned that after the game on Saturday and asked if I could arrange for us to travel to Leeds on the Friday before the game just to get them in the right frame of mind," Tisdale said.

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"I know they are only joking, but we have to look at things and, sometimes, you have to be a bit left-field. Maybe we won't stay in Leeds, but perhaps somewhere else!"

On a more serious note, Tisdale added: "I have been thinking about it for a few months now and we will consider it again, but we are certainly playing a good side in Southend.

"We have a few ideas and we might have to be a bit more lateral in our thinking than we have been, and let's see what I can do to shift the mind-set a little."

Although they have not won either of their last two matches – in fact, Exeter's last win on home soil came against AFC Wimbledon on November 6 – their starts against Oxford United on Boxing Day and then against Barnet were a far cry from many games at home this season.

The only thing missing was goals against Oxford, although Exeter had their chances to go in front, and, against Barnet, they surrendered a 2-0 half-time lead after dishing out an absolute battering in which they should have scored five or six.

Sixth-placed Southend, who beat the Grecians 2-1 at Roots Hall earlier this season, will be a much tougher test, though.

Meanwhile, supporters intending to travel by train to next week's Devon derby at Torquay United on Tuesday, January 15, are being warned of major disruption on the Exeter-Paignton rail line.

Essential maintenance is being carried out from January 12-18 from 9pm-5.30am, meaning supporters travelling back from Torbay after the game will be affected.

Buses will be running from Paignton to Newton Abbot instead, but supporters are being advised to find alternative travel if they can.

Grecian Travel will be offering their usual coach service. However, fans that were booked on to the journey for the original fixture on December 22 will need to re-book their coach places.

A seat on the coach costs £12 or £9 for members of a supporters' group. Further details are available on the official club website, which is: www.exetercityfc.co.uk.

Supporters are also reminded that the game kicks off at 8pm.

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