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Paul Tisdale: 'We cannot dwell on postponements'

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 27, 2012

Paul Tisdale

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale

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EXETER City manager Paul Tisdale said his side had no time to dwell on Saturday's postponement at Torquay United as the festive football fixtures come thick and fast for the League Two club.

The match at Plainmoor was called off on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch as the Torquay area suffered more than half a month's rainfall over just three days.

It was one of seven games in City's division postponed at the weekend, with only matches at Accrington Stanley and Northampton Town getting the go-ahead.

Tisdale admitted he was disappointed that the match was called off, but said you had to expect that when you live in England.

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"When you plan for something and everyone gets geared up for it, of course it's disappointing, but we are pretty pragmatic about these things," he said.

"You've got to be philosophical about these things and playing in England, and with the weather we have got at the moment, there is every chance that these things might happen. It was disappointing but the game will be played at some point in the new year and we have to move on very quickly."

Tisdale was delighted that Exeter City's groundstaff offered to help out at Plainmoor ahead of Saturday's scheduled clash.

Head groundsman Clive Pring and his team made the short trip to Torquay on Friday in a bid to get the derby on.

Tisdale said it showed just what a good relationship the two clubs have.

"It is terrific," he said. "The clubs have always had a good relationship.

"Torquay in the past have been very good to us. I know during our darkest times at the club, they handed over the gates of a friendly (in July 2003) when we were struggling.

"There has always been a very good relationship between the clubs. I think with the groundstaff, of course they represent their club, but they are all doing a job together to make football matches happen, especially over the festive period. It is very important to get the games on as the fixtures are money-spinners for the clubs.

"It didn't make the difference in the end, but it was a good gesture."

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