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Tisdale bitterly disappointed with Exeter's points haul over the festive period

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 31, 2012

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The frustration was etched in the face of manager Paul Tisdale when he addressed the press after Saturday's 2-2 draw with Barnet.

The Exeter City manager had seen his side dominate Edgar Davids' Bees side, who salvaged an unlikely point despite trailing 2-0 after a first-half battering from the dominant Grecians.

"I am very frustrated," Tisdale said. "It sums up where we are at the moment. It was a tentative last ten minutes and I'm not sure how much injury time was played, but we ended up conceding very last-gasp and it is terribly disappointing.

"We were terrific in the first half and we could easily have scored four or five. We had energy and the players did everything I asked them to do. 2-0 probably did us a certain disservice.

"I could see that we were getting deeper and didn't put pressure on the ball. Everyone could see that, but it's hard to affect that. Players have to be brave and get closer to the ball and be strong, but it's not always easy to do.

"We didn't do a lot wrong in that last ten minutes, but the game changed and we probably had as many chances as them in the second half.

"I don't think we have the confidence at the moment to be winning 2-0 and then keep the ball and pass and pass and pass. The players aren't at that point with their confidence and I don't believe the crowd would allow it, either.

"It is very hard to do a lot else than what we did, but the fact is they got a goal in the 97th minute."

Tisdale's assessment was similar to that of Davids, who was glad to be only two goals down at the break. The former Holland international was assuming full control of the first team for the first time since Barnet parted company with fellow coach Mark Robson, the former Grecians' winger.

"We were very lucky and, if you look at the chances, we could have been 6-0 down at half-time and I am not exaggerating," Davids said. "They could have really killed us off. We were lucky it was only two."

The draw was City's sole point accumulated over the festive period. Their game at Torquay United was postponed and they crashed to a 3-1 home defeat to Oxford United. Exeter will have the chance to gain some redemption when they travel to Wycombe Wanderers tomorrow.

"I am disappointed with what we have produced over the last two home games. Unfortunately, we haven't given much for the supporters to cheer about, or a great deal to get behind the team," Tisdale added.

"All we can do is move on to the next game and that is what we will do. We will be positive in thinking of what we can achieve at Wycombe."

Tisdale also hinted there would be no movement in the January transfer window with which to strengthen his squad. Money, it seems, is not available to the City boss. "I don't think there is an opportunity for us to do that," he said.

"I have asked a question or two, but I am pretty sure it is what it is and I don't see me being able to go out and sign new players. It's just not possible.

"That is not to say I am unhappy with what I have got, we have under-performed and I am expecting better in the second half of the season."

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  • greasyian  |  January 01 2013, 12:35AM

    not as dissapointed as the fans who shelled out good money to once again watch city sit back and try to defend a lead which they are incapable of doing !!

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