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Tisdale hopes to continue good form with settled Exeter side

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

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PAUL Tisdale is hoping he can keep a 'settled side' for this weekend's clash with Rotherham United at St James's Park following a recent good run of results.

Exeter City beat Bradford City 1-0 away last Saturday and followed it up with a 3-2 win at league leaders Gillingham on Tuesday night.

It added to an already fruitful November so far for Tisdale, following two good performances against Wimbledon and Fleetwood Town earlier in the month.

The upturn in form has seen Tisdale name a largely unchanged team for the games, but he admits he will be hard pushed to do the same on Saturday.

"If I can keep a settled side, I will be confident about getting a result against anybody," said Tisdale.

"It will be a big ask though. It is one of our main issues, if we can get everyone playing, with players fit and ready to go. The physio, Andy Proctor, has been working overtime to try and make sure they are fit."

Tisdale added that if he does have to call on some of his reserve team players, he is hopeful they will grab the opportunity with both hands.

"It offers (them) a chance," said Tisdale. "Hopefully they recognise that and they have been training at full pelt, because opportunities for players to come into the first team are not forecast in advance.

"You never know when you are going to get your chance and hopefully those players will be showing me in training that, if there is a chance, they are fit, able and determined for their opportunity."

At full strength or not, City will face a stern test from a Rotherham side who have only lost two out of their last eight games.

The Millers strengthened considerably in the summer after appointing former Crawley Town manager Steve Evans as their boss in April 2012.

He replaced Andy Scott after the former Brentford boss was sacked when he left Rotherham with an unrealistic chance of getting promoted last season.

However, Tisdale expects Rotherham to be in the promotion shake-up come May.

"Rotherham are an ambitious side," said Tisdale. "They have signed players with an intent to get promoted, you can tell that.

They have signed two of our players from League One in Daniel Nardiello and David Noble.

"I would be surprised if they don't challenge (for promotion).

"The manager has previous experience in getting promoted from League Two and he'll put together a very determined team, but I think if we can take our performances from the past few games into that match we will be well equipped to compete ourselves."

Speaking about Nardiello, who has scored eight times for the Millers this season, Tisdale added: "We will have to be very wary of him, because he can score goals. We know that for sure."

Predicted City line-up: Krysiak, Tully, Baldwin, Coles, Woodman, Oakley, Sercombe, Bennett, Gow, O'Flynn, Cureton

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