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We will find a solution to Cureton's absence – Tisdale

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 03, 2013

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JAMIE Cureton will be missing from the Exeter City squad that travels to York City on Saturday, but Paul Tisdale says his players should be confident of getting a result despite missing their leading scorer.

Cureton was sent off in City's win at Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday for kicking out at Anthony Stewart midway through the first half.

A red card carries an automatic one-match ban, which could be extended if the FA feels it is necessary.

As a result, Cureton will definitely miss the match against York and, having scored 10 of his 15 goals away from home this season, he is likely to be missed when his side travel to Bootham Crescent.

However, Tisdale insists it is not really a headache for him, claiming it is something the team will just have to deal with.

"When you have got no decision to make, it is not a headache because you have just got to make the best next decision," said Tisdale. "John O'Flynn and Alan Gow are playing very well and we have got Jamie Reid who is bursting to play off the bench.

"We have also got Tommy Doherty and Arron Davies back to full fitness, not match fitness, but full fitness.

"So I shall just have to do what I have to do for that game and maybe change things a little bit. But I'm pretty confident we can put together a pattern for that away game."

York City go into the match on the back of a good 3-0 home win against Burton Albion on New Year's Day.

However, the Mistermen have indifferent form at home, winning just four of their 12 league games at Bootham Crescent this season.

So with Exeter winning their last four games on the road they arguably go into the match as slight favourites, but Tisdale is wary of such talk.

"It is a game we are well aware we are going to have to be at our very best to get a result, he said. "They (York City) have come up from the league below and been very competitive.

"I was impressed at how well-organised they were (when they visited St James's Park earlier this season) and they have had some good results along the way.

"It is a very strange league in that there are a lot of teams closely packed together and it seems anybody can beat anybody on their day.

"And if you add that we have got a long journey up there on the Friday, it is going to be difficult."

The Grecians sit just two points outside the play-off places, and a win would take them above both Burton Albion and Southend as they are both in FA Cup action on Saturday and so are unable to pick up league points.

And Tisdale says they should be approaching the game in a positive frame of mind.

"We have to approach every game and think we have the ability to win it," he said. "I haven't changed that all season. I don't go to away games and think, let's sit back and defend. There is a way of winning most games and we will go to York and hope to do it there."

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

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