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Shake-up in the defence needed

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 03, 2013

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AGAINST my better judgement, I attended Exeter City's Boxing Day match against Oxford United.

Sitting alongside me happened to be the assessor sent by Barnet to run the rule over Exeter City.

At half-time I inquired of his professional assessment of the team's first-half performance. He was remarkably candid and said: "No wingers. Stretched defence. Flanks wide-open. Oxford able to attack at will particularly down their left-hand side."

Mr Tisdale has been working on the problem of his team's woeful home record all season and yet a fellow professional can apparently sum it up after having watched only 45 minutes.

I left the ground shortly after the third goal was conceded in the 50th minute.

It is patently clear to anyone that has regularly attended home matches this season that the likes of Woodman, Coles, Baldwyn and Tully have not been anywhere near meeting their required level of performance indicators.

Why doesn't Mr Tisdale try Amankwaah, Bennett, Dawson and Moore-Taylor as his back four and recall Frear and Gosling to play as attacking wingers? What is there to lose?

Having also been beaten in the first round of every cup competition this season, what should be of concern to the club's directors is the ever-falling revenue stream generated from home matches.

If executive club members are showing signs of a high degree of understandable frustration and I, as a supporter of over 50 years, am leaving the ground only 50 minutes into a match, then it is considered that the board do have problems.

I for one will not be returning unless and until I see clear signs that Mr Tisdale has indeed got to grips with the inept performances of a nucleus of what he deems to be his 'senior players'.

David Thompson


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