Grecians frustrate Tisdale as chance of Cup upset goes begging
Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale felt his side did not do themselves justice as they crashed out of the Capital One Cup following a 2-0 defeat to Championship big spenders Queen’s Park Rangers.
The Grecians’ record in the competition is far from good and Tuesday’s loss made it only one win in their last 25 attempts.
City’s cause was not helped by going a goal down inside 90 seconds as Charlie Austin netted his first goal for Rangers before Danny Simpson sealed the game with the second.
Exeter did put up some resistance in the final half-hour but never looked like causing an upset, much to the disappointment of Tisdale.
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“I don’t think we did as well as we could have done,” Tisdale said. “A lot of people made comments to me suggesting it was all right and that there were some good performances, but I think we could have done better.
“I think we could have performed better in the first half. I asked the players to play in a certain way and they did it, but I don’t think we showed enough energy. Whatever way you play, you have to show energy.
“Maybe because it is two games straight away at the start of the season, we aren’t quite up and running yet. We improved in the second half and the substitutions gave us a lift, but I wanted to be in a position – at the very worst 1-0 down – where we had a chance. But, at 2-0, it was a bit too much of an ask.”
There were some positive for the Grecians to take from the game, most notably an excellent midfield performance from Liam Sercombe, who won the sponsors’ man-of-the-match award.
Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak also caught the eye and kept the score down in the first half with several superb saves.
“Liam Sercombe looked like one of their players playing for us,” Tisdale said. “Artur made some really good low-down saves. His kicking is getting better, he is looking more confident and it would be unfair not to mention him as well.
“Other than Liam, we didn’t really show much movement to the next thing and being ready for the next thing and where the ball might land and being on the move and ready.
“The lesson is not the technical lesson that people would imagine I would speak of. I think the lesson was to have that energy in our play.”
Tisdale takes his side to Mansfield Town on Saturday, where City will make their first visit since the 2001-02 campaign. Barry McConnell scored the only goal in a 1-0 win for the Grecians and the Conference champions will be something of an unknown quantity to Exeter.
Looking ahead to the game, midfielder Scot Bennett said: “I’m sure Tis and the management will have done their homework on them.
“They’ll have a game-plan and they will set that out to us during the next couple of days for what we have got to do.
“If we stick to that and do well, then hopefully we should pick up the three points.”