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Tisdale set to hand Molesley his debut against Torquay

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

Exeter's new signing Mark Molesley in action for Plymouth

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NEW midfield signing Mark Molesley is all set to make his debut for Exeter City on Monday when the Grecians take on Torquay United at St James's Park.

Molesley signed for City last Friday having been released by League One side Bournemouth.

The 31-year-old midfielder had been on loan at Plymouth Argyle up until January 1 and even played against City when the two sides met in mid-December.

Paul Tisdale says it was this and another performance by Molesley, in a reserve game for Bournemouth at Exeter City's Cat & Fiddle training ground, that convinced him to sign the player.

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The City boss added that he is a natural right-sided midfielder and someone who can fill the void left by the injured Liam Sercombe straight away.

"He has been signed for a purpose," said Tisdale. "We have obviously lost Liam Sercombe for the season.

"Liam had been playing in that inside-right position this season. The last few games I have played Steve Tully, Alan Gow and Jimmy Keohane in that position and I would now like to think that I have found someone who can play in the next 18 games and be an appropriate signing for that position."

One position Tisdale was still debating over this week was who to play up front.

John O'Flynn tore his hamstring in City's last game, which was a 1-1 draw away at Torquay.

It means he will definitely miss the return match and faces a lengthy time on the sidelines.

Leading scorer Jamie Cureton does return from a three-match ban and Guillem Bauza is back in contention for a starting place.

However, Tisdale admits losing O'Flynn is a big blow.

"The work-rate John (O'Flynn) had put in the last four games has been extraordinary really," he said.

"He had given us that opportunity to play one striker and defend from the front and allow me to work a team behind it.

"Obviously other strikers are going to play a different way. My challenge is to get something that fits together.

"If you look at York City away and Southend at home, we have had an affinity within the team and we have had something that works.

"I have now got to make sure we get something that works against Torquay."

Tisdale made a number of changes to the starting line-up for Exeter City 1-1's draw with the Gulls on January 15, dropping Alan Gow, Matt Oakley and Jimmy Keohane to the bench and handing Bauza a rare start up front.

However, Tisdale added that each game is taken on its own merits, when he sets up the tactics, and he expects Monday's match to be very different.

"The biggest difference will be of course that we are at home and the expectation is on us," said Tisdale.

"I think we are an improving team and if we are going to have aspirations then we need to go into home games and expect to be competent a goal-up, a goal-down or at 0-0.

"I'll be asking the team to, of course, learn from the Torquay game at Plainmoor, but more importantly we need to learn about the way we played against Barnet and against Southend United, when we played very well."

Predicted line-up: Krysiak, Tully, Woodman, Coles, Baldwin, Bennett, Oakley, Keohane, Molesley, Gow, Cureton

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