Honourable Tisdale magnanimous in defeat as Exeter let slender lead slip
It is perhaps a mark of the man that the Grecians' manager, Paul Tisdale, took it upon himself to approach Barry Corr and congratulate him on his successful return to football with a goal in Southend United's 2-1 victory over his Exeter City side on Saturday.
Corr under-achieved at Exeter and missed 12 games of the Grecians' first season in npower League One due to three red cards. After his release that summer, he joined Southend, but a serious injury put him out of the game for 17 months before his return to action on Saturday.
And, after watching Corr's contribution in consigning his side to a first away defeat of the season, Tisdale made a point of coming out from the changing room and greeting Corr during the striker's warm down. "He is a good player and I am delighted to see him back," Tisdale said. "I am very fond of Barry.
"He has had a long spell out with a bad injury and, as much as I didn't want him to score, I am very fond of Barry and pleased to see that he is back playing football. Maybe our fans didn't see the best of Barry during his time with us."
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Until the introduction of Corr and fellow substitute Freddie Eastwood, Exeter had been in control of the game and led through Scot Bennett's 51st-minute strike. Corr's equaliser came seven minutes after he had entered the fray before Eastwood headed a winner on 89 minutes, much to Tisdale's frustration.
"I'm bitterly disappointed that we lost, but, taking an objective view of it, I think we played very well and we looked a competent team," Tisdale said.
"I have to temper my thoughts with an objective view and not be too influenced by what feels very, very hurtful because we conceded a goal lead and conceded two late goals.
"The players are very irritated by the fact that Southend got away from us to score a goal from a corner, and they should be irritated.
"We should all worry about what we have done and the decisions we made. If that is the long and short of what there is to sort out, then it's a small matter to sort out because I thought we played really well."
Tisdale added: "I thought we were just as likely to score a second as they were to get an equaliser.
"They are entitled to change and they did change the game and they got two goals through that. Two strikers came on that can score goals, but they are entitled to change.
"We were then drawn into a response and I don't think we did it poorly, either."