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No time to be talking about breaking records, says Tis

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

Paul Tisdale

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EXETER City have the chance to break a club record on Saturday when they travel to the Globe Arena to face Morecambe.

City are chasing their 10th victory on the road this campaign – and that would beat a club record for the number of away wins in one season.

City previously won nine away games in the 2007/08 and 2008/09 campaigns, helping the club to back-to-back promotions.

However, manager Paul Tisdale is acutely aware of his side's position in the table heading into Saturday's match and says the focus will not be on getting a win to break any record but getting a win to stay in the play-off places.

Tisdale said: "In the same way that I don't want to dwell too much on our home form, I don't want to get too over-pleased about away form,"

"I don't want to talk about breaking any records until we have actually done it, so it is not something me or the players will speculate about.

"If we do it then we will discuss it, but Saturday is about getting the three points and staying in that play-off zone."

Morecambe head into the match on very good form having lost just one out of their last seven games. They also went away to both York City and Dagenham & Redbridge recently and recorded victories so Tisdale is expecting a very tough match when they visit the Globe Arena.

"They'll be going back to a home game with a lot confidence," said Tisdale.

"They have got a good set of players and their manager has been there a long time at the club and he is competitive.

"The most telling factor for me is that they have been away to Dagenham and away to York and won games.

"I think it will always be the case that you'll never get any easy game until you have actually made it easy and that is what will happen this weekend.

"We will have to go there and do our basics well and build a performance. We have to go into the game assuming it will be very tough."

City will also be without Matt Oakley for the match after he injured his thigh against Aldershot last time out.

The former Leicester and Derby County midfielder has been one of the first names on the Paul Tisdale's team sheet, starting 28 of Exeter City's 30 league games this campaign and coming on as a substitute in the other two.

His injury news will come as a massive blow to Tisdale who has already lost Liam Sercombe (broken ankle) and John O'Flynn (hamstring) to lengthy lay-offs in the past five weeks.

"He (Oakley) will be out for a while," said Tisdale. "He will be out for a few weeks at least and that will certainly be a big loss for us as it is another midfield player.

"Most teams have gone through January and tried to strengthen their squad and it seems we have weakened really.

"We had the signing of Mark Molesley, but with Liam Sercombe, John O'Flynn and now Matt all dropping out it has proved to be quite a hard-hitting month for us in terms of our squad. We have certianly been weakened by those injuries."

Tisdale added that there would be little chance of going into the loan market when it reopens to plug the gap.

"It is not an option," said Tisdale. "I would have strengthened in January if I had the financial opportunity.

"There is no point grumbling about it. We have got good enough players to play, it is just the depth of the squad that has been weakened."

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