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'We must make away record count' - Tisdale

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

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EXETER City manager Paul Tisdale says their record-breaking 10th away win of the season will count for nothing if they do not finish in the promotion places this season.

The Grecians beat Morecambe 3-0 at the Globe Arena on Saturday to better a previous record set byTisdale's team in the 2008/09 season.

That year City got promoted as runner's up and Tisdale has urged his players to do the same this time around.

"We are very proud of it (the record) and it is no mean feat, especially as we are only in February with another eight games to go away from home," said Tisdale

"But it doesn't really count for anything if we don't end up in the promotion places.

"So as much as we are very pleased, it doesn't count for anything if this season we don't achieve our target. I think we have to take the pride from it but we have to move very quickly on to looking at every game that is about to come.

"There is no point reaching the target and then losing the next seven or eight league games."

It was a game of very few chances in the first half at the Globe Arena.

Morecambe's Chris Holroyd fired into the side netting earlyon and then Kevin Ellison headed another good chance wide.

City, who were missing the injured Alan Gow and Matt Oakley, created their best chance near the end of the half when Craig Woodman played an excellent cross field ball to Cureton.

However, Morcambe goalkeeper Barry Roche was quickly off his line to snub out Jamie Cureton then Lewis Alessandra missed a glorious chance for the home side as he rounded Artur Krysiak in the City goal, but then put his finish wide of the mark.

After that it was City who took control of the game. Cureton opened the scoring in the 61st minute as he latched onto an excellent through-ball from Tommy Doherty and then drilled a low shot past Roche for his 17th goal of the season.

Krysiak had to be alert to tip a Ryan Williams free-kick around the post, but other than that the Polish keeper was rarely troubled in a second half that City controlled.

And they got the crucial second goal to settle the nerves eight minutes from time.

Mark Molesely fed a pass to Jimmy Keohane who crossed low for the Arron Davies to rifle a shot into the corner of the goal from the edge of the box.

Molesley was then at the heart of the action again in injury-time as he played a neat one-two with Cureton to allow the veteran striker to curl a shot into the top corner of the goal.

The 3-0 scoreline was a reversal of the result City suffered when they faced the Shrimpers on the opening day of the season, but one Tisdale says his players deserved.

"Obviously we scored two goals in the last 10 minutes, but in terms of us being in control and comfortable and being strong in a game, I think 3-0 was a fair reflection," he said.

"They did have one very good chance, probably the best chance of the game at 0-0, but I have to say that was an isolated moment for us.

"The rest of the game we had very good control and we were very strong."

Tisdale also praised the work of his defenders, who having kept a fourth clean sheet in seven games are starting to see their work on the training ground pay-off.

"They were very composed and it is no coincidence," said Tisdale. "The clean sheets and the strength at the back is coming from a definite improvement in the players.

"Not just the individual improvement, but also the way they are playing together and that is what happens over the course of a season.

"We are over halfway through the season and those five, the goalkeeper and the back four, are all reading each other well and making decision as a unit.

"There are a lot of intangibles there that are hard to isolate and quantify, but when you put them together as a whole they are very important. The distances and the decision-making are so important to defence."

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