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Tisdale warns of complacency as City face struggling Rovers

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 17, 2013

Paul Tisdale

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PAUL Tisdale has warned his Exeter City players not to get complacent ahead of their clash with bottom-of-the-table Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

The Grecians go into the match on an impressive run of from which has seen them record three wins and a draw in January to go third in the table.

However, it was a similar situation when Bristol Rovers visited the Park in late September. City were third in the table then, but fell to a crushing 2-1 defeat that ignited a run of from through October that saw Tisdale side fall out of the promotion places altogether.

Added to that Bristol Rovers also picked up a 3-0 win away at Fleetwood Town in their last match, proving that despite their lowly position they are capable of beating any side in the division.

"We have got a strange league this year," said Tisdale. "No more so displayed by the fact most have a better away record than home record, including ourselves.

"Barnet beat Gillingham away recently and Bristol Rovers beat Fleetwood away and you see the results week after week that are strange.

"So we are not going to be taking anything for granted, we've just gone on a very good run and during those spells of good form you really have got to tighten up. While the wheels are turning forward, you have got to keep them moving forward and not get complacent.

"I think any game we play we have to assume the opposition are going to be a challenge for us and I think Bristol Rovers will be this weekend."

Tisdale is set to welcome Jamie Cureton back into the squad to face Bristol Rovers on Saturday after completing three-man ban for a red card he picked up in the New Year's Day win at Wycombe Wanderers.

He is likely to go into the starting line-up by replacing John O'Flynn who injured his hamstring in the 1-1 draw with Torquay United on Tuesday night.

Tisdale admits Cureton's return to the side gives him more options but he was disappointed about O'Flynn's injury.

"It wasn't a minor strain, how bad it is I don't know yet," said Tisdale. "We are disappointed (to have O'Flynn) out because we want to play both strikers so it is a real shame and it is going to be a real problem that John (O'Flynn) is out.

"On the plus side Giullem Bauza has been out for a long, long time and he got 45 minutes against Torquay."

Reflecting on the defeat to Bristol Rovers at St James's Park, Tisdale added there isn't a lot of information they can glean from that match to help them on Saturday, other than to cut out any errors.

"It will be a completely different game," he said. "It is different situation, different weather, different pitch, different teams and different manager.

"We obviously lost a game we should have won (at home to Rovers), but we played terrific that day and made a couple of mistakes. That is life.

"We just take it game by game and as it is the next game, therefore all our focus goes on to it. The team is playing reasonably well at the moment and I hope that will continue."

Predicted City line up:Krysiak, Tully, Woodman, Coles, Baldwin, Bennett, Doherty, Oakley, Keohane, Gow, Cureton.

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  • Mustafa  |  January 17 2013, 11:06AM

    Rovers were the worst team to visit the park in my view and that is saying somthing and they still left with all 3 points! Come on City, lets put them in their place! Up the City!

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