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Tisdale's belief in O'Flynn is paying off

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 19, 2013

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There was an audible groan emanating from the away end at Plainmoor on Tuesday night when, after just nine minutes, Exeter City striker John O'Flynn hobbled off with a hamstring problem.

The Irishman has been in the best form of his Grecians career of late and playing a significant role in Exeter's rise up the npower League Two table.

His non-stop running and work-rate have caused problems to more than a few defences this season and the former Barnet striker has been rewarded for such effort with an 11-goal haul to date.

It is a remarkable turnaround for one of the nicest guys in the Grecians squad.

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Last season was almost a complete write-off for O'Flynn, who had never fully recovered from a knee injury picked up at the back end of the 2010-11 season, his first with the Grecians.

His performances then were in stark contrast to what we are seeing today and it would not have been any great surprise to have seen O'Flynn's name among those released by City at the end of last season.

However, manager Paul Tisdale has always had great belief in the 30-year-old and offered him a deal for the new campaign. That decision was met with mixed opinion by City supporters, but after returning to training looking fitter and leaner, O'Flynn has certainly repaid the manager for that show of faith.

What is more, O'Flynn has shown a selfless nature by playing roles and positions which he is probably not best suited for, but for O'Flynn, it is all about the team. And that is how it should be.

The Grecians certainly missed his movement and predatory instinct at Torquay and the concern now is for how long he will be out injured. Hopefully, it is only a month and no more.

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