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Tisdale contemplates team changes following loss to Oxford United

By Simon_Larkins  |  Posted: December 26, 2012

Paul Tisdale

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Paul Tisdale hinted that he might ring the changes ahead of Exeter City's clash with Barnet on Saturday after watching his side slump to their sixth defeat at home this season.

The City boss named an unchanged side for the Boxing Day match against Oxford United but, despite Jamie Cureton rattling the visitors crossbar early on, it was a decision which didn't pay off as two goals from James Constable, either side of half-time, followed by a strike from Peter Leven saw Exeter crash to a 3-1 defeat.

Cureton grabbed a second-half penalty, but it was little consolation to Tisdale who saw his side drop to 10th in the League Two table. The Grecians' home form is in stark contrast to their performances on the road, which has seen them beat Rochdale and high-flying Bradford and Gillingham in recent weeks.

However, with Barnet to visit the Park on Saturday, Tisdale admitted he would need to keep his options open.

"We are all frustrated, but we have to look at every situation objectively and it is my job to try to alter this trend we have with our results at home," he said. "Sometimes when things are as disjointed as they were in large parts of today's game, at least it gives you a simple path ahead. You do have to make some strong changes in your mind and the way you set your team up and that is something I'll have to look to do."

"I have been very patient with this group of players and they have rewarded me away from home, with the way they have played. At home they haven't done and I need to maybe look at every bit of focus and effort going into the 11 players who will play Saturday."

Tisdale added that he was disappointed with the defending for the goals, but did take some positives from the match

"I was disappointed (with the defending)," said Tisdale. "It is about mindset. If I sent those players out to just defend the whole game, the back players, then I'm sure we wouldn't have conceded those goals we did. But we are at home, they are trying to be progressive and thinking about playing forward and making play. It is about getting your mind onto the next job and quick. When you lose the ball and the game becomes scrappy you have got to have a strong mindset to defend behind it and we didn't quite do that, we were a bit grey between attacking and defending at times.

"There weren't many positives in the game," added Tisdale. "But I thought our first 20 minutes we had in the game were the best 20 minutes we have had at home all season. There is no doubt about it. I think we were probably the side most likely to score, in the first 20 minutes, but football doesn't always work that way. We have had bad starts and conceded and we have had good start and conceded and there seems to be a constant there. We have got some work to do, that is for sure."

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