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Result disappoints Tisdale but City boss is happy with the effort of his side

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 26, 2012

Exeter City

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Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale rued conceding the first goal of the game once more as his side suffered their fifth npower two League defeat of the season on home soil.

Ian Sharps' header just before half-time settled Saturday's 1-0 home defeat to Rotherham United as Exeter failed to find a way back into the game despite plenty of second half possession.

"I'm very disappointed we lost, but I'm not too unhappy with the way we competed," Tisdale said. "Again, it becomes very difficult when you concede the first goal and that has happened too often this season. But I find it very hard to criticise the players for their commitment and their effort and they certainly had enough about them to have got something from the game.

"We knew we would get a tough game from Rotherham and they picked their game up after a couple of poor results. We could have got the first goal, we didn't have too many chances although Jamie Cureton had a shot saved and Alan Gow hit the crossbar, but they were fair game for their 1-0 lead at half-time.

"It was a very difficult day with the conditions as they were, but I thought the pitch was fantastic and I enjoyed it. I have no excuses whatsoever, I'm just disappointed with the result."

The defeat was disappointing in that the match presented Exeter, who do not play for two weeks now, with a fantastic chance to build on two superb wins at Bradford City and Gillingham last week.

"We've had a very good week or two, I'm not going to be too unhappy with the way the players have played and there is plenty to take from these last two weeks," Tisdale added.

"There was a lot of effort and we had a real go at it and, although we lost the game, we are satisfied that we gave it our best shot.

"It has been a good month, but I don't want to justify this defeat by saying we won two games last week because I wanted to win today. I don't want to search for positives because I am disappointed we lost, I wanted to win.

"I am not going to wrap it up like that and looking at our home form, which hasn't been good enough, it is not today's performance that set that trend. That is down to other results.

"A couple of players coming off today need this break. Steve Tully took a whack, Pat Baldwin needed stitches and we will have to wait and see what the problem is with Tommy Doherty, but that one doesn't look good."

Tisdale also had some sympathy for Jimmy Keohane, who was introduced as a 30th-minute substitute for the injured Doherty. However, the midfielder was replaced on the hour mark in a tactical move as Tisdale opted to bring on striker John O'Flynn.

"You have to say that, for the 25 minutes Jimmy played, he did as well as anyone and better than some," the City boss said.

"He has to be happy he was on the pitch and contributed and it wasn't a punishment coming off. Jimmy did extremely well and I'm sure people will understand that," Tisdale stressed.

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