Paul Tisdale blames decision-making as Exeter City fail to find winner
Paul Tisdale could not fault his players for effort – but rued wrong decisions as Exeter City battled out a goalless draw at Mansfield Town.
In a game of few clear-cut chances, defences were on top and Tisdale felt that as an attacking force, his players needed to make better decisions to have made sure the Grecians picked up maximum points.
“I think all the players did well. We just forced the ball on Sam [Parkin] a little too often and we needed a little more responsibility in midfield. Overall, I think we did OK. Artur made two really good saves and I think each side will look at it and think there were chances missed.
“We had a terrific ball across the face of their goal – their defender made a brilliant stop – and their goalkeeper did really well on set pieces. He showed great athleticism when we put the ball into the box on a number of occasions.
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“Both sides had pressure, both sides pushed each other to the limit, but I think it needed a bit more quality in the game. It didn’t quite happen for us today.
“I will dissect the game because there is always things you can learn. I said to the players that I would watch the game back as I always do and the theme of it will be decisions made.
“We did this when we could have done that and we ought to do this… that type of thing. It was a game full of energy and atmosphere with forceful play and we could have made a few more considered decisions with the ball.”
To put the result into context though, Mansfield romped to the Conference championship last season by winning 20 of their last 23 games and lost only three times at home all season. Field Mill is their fortress, so there are plenty of positives for Tisdale to take.
“I think we will go back on the coach today thinking it was a good point. It was a clean-sheet away from home and I am sure we will be able to spin the positives from it,” Tisdale said. “But I’m disappointed because I think there were three points there if we had played better.
“I don’t think we deserved it on the game. They had pressure and we had some very good chances, I just think we could have done better, not in terms of effort and energy or commitment, we just needed to put more passes together and more of a flow to our game.
“I think if we had played three or four more passes at times, we could have opened them up, but we tried to force the ball too often. But we had a good 2-1 win at home and a solid 0-0 away, so it is not a bad start.
“I just think it’s the decision-making and patience and by being more settled. If you put two or three passes together by doing the first things first you’ll create chances.”
The one downside to the day was injuries picked up by Jordan Moore-Taylor and Scot Bennett. Moore-Taylor had to be replaced after just 13 minutes after jarring his knee, while Bennett was forced off late on with a knee injury.
Alan Gow did not feature as he suffered a dead leg in the League Cup defeat to Queen’s Park Rangers on Tuesday.