Second-half display leaves Tisdale questioning his City side as they chased the game
PAUL TISDALE pulled no punches in assessing Exeter City's performance as they lost 2-0 at Morecambe.
The City chief was clearly unhappy at the way his side played in the second half in which they fell behind just two minutes after the restart.
Ellison made the points safe with his second goal nine minutes from time, but the way Exeter responded to that first goal infuriated Tisdale.
"I was really disappointed with the first goal. One; because it was a minute after half-time, and two; because we had very good possession on the corner of their box and contrived to fritter that away and give a foul away.
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"They then had a free header from eight or nine yards out, which is very disappointing from a defensive point of view.
"But OK, those things happen. We were 1-0 down, I was still thinking we are perfectly capable of winning the game or drawing the game. But what disappointed me most was that we finished the game so poorly.
"We were a goal down and we were chasing the game and we have to do better than that. I made two changes and it wasn't a reflection on Tommy Doherty or Sam Parkin, I just thought we would pass the ball better and spreading out and finding Alan Gow.
"Well, the result was that we didn't pass it as well, we lost it every time we got into the last third, our ball retention was nigh on useless and we made sure we gave away as many fouls as we possibly could.
"They were more than happy to fall over and take the foul and slow the game down – that's their prerogative – but we certainly gave stupid free-kicks away, lost the ball too easily and had no snap to our performance in the last half an hour.
"I will look at that for the next time we are 1-0 down and chasing a game, and see what I will do differently because a manager judges a performance and makes decisions off the back of it."
It was all so different to the first half in which Exeter were arguably the better side. They had chances to go in front, but did not take them.
"It was a very competent first half and a very poor second half. I wish we had taken one of the chances we had in the first half," he added.
"As a manager, you have to trust your players to make good chances. We were playing particularly well, we had three or four really good chances in the first half, but I am not going to show any frustration to those players because they want to score. Some days they don't go in.
"A goal changes the whole complexion of a game and it certainly did today.
"I said at half-time it had been a good performance and a fraction away from a very good performance.
"The difference between those two performances would have been a goal or some sort of extra quality to make that goal, we didn't quite have that in the first half. But, on another day, we could have scored.
"My main instruction at half-time was to be as good as we could in the first five minutes and make sure we got into the second half and got back into control like we were in the first half.
"But we didn't do that, did we?"