Sore Tisdale rues his team's failure to 'do the same things at the same time'
PAUL TISDALE admitted he could not remember the last time his Exeter City side had been beaten as comprehensively as they were by Hartlepool United on Saturday.
The Grecians turned in their most abject performance for quite some time at St James' Park on Saturday with the visitors coasting to a deserved 3-0 League Two win courtesy of goals from Jack Baldwin, Luke James and Jack Compton.
"We were poor. I think it's one of those where we move on to the next game," Tisdale said. "I have not seen us outclassed that much in a game of football for a long time.
"I have seen teams beat us at home before, but I have not seen teams beat us that well. We've done that many times away from home with that type of performance, but we have never had it done to us.
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"I am sore about it, but I am also very objective and pragmatic. Our performance was spectacularly wrong, but we weren't that far from playing well. Sometimes it is a fine line between playing well and playing as badly as we did today.
"It isn't a case where our team weren't up for it and their team were up for it," he added. "It is about unity and doing things together at the same time. They had a very simple but effective and well-structured way of playing and they were very good at it.
"The majority of our team started the game with the required amount of motivation, tenacity and effort and they started no differently to the week before or the week before that.
"We just didn't get that synergy and do things together at the same time."
Tisdale singled out his central midfield partnership of Tommy Doherty and Liam Sercombe as two players who played well, but they were not helped by those around them.
"I thought Liam Sercombe and Tommy Doherty were excellent and I don't think there is a midfield player in the country that could have coped with the space that we allowed them to play and Liam and Tommy had to cover in order to have an impact on the game," he added. "Our space on the pitch was hugely wrong and then you get into a situation where you can't get close enough to the ball to affect the game. We came off on the end of a really poor performance and we were so ineffective.
"Part of that is how well they played and, some of it, we contributed to our own downfall. We have to learn from it.
"I could have brought on a £15 million player and he wouldn't have made any difference. We were in the wrong place and caught between trying to pass it and trying to go long and, in the end, we did neither."
Injury was duly added to insult as well for Tisdale with new right-back Danny Butterfield limping off shortly after Hartlepool had gone in front. The news on Matt Oakley's injury is also of concern to the City chief, who said: "Danny has pulled a calf muscle, so we will have to wait and see. We have to wait and see on Matt Oakley as well, he is going to see a specialist."
Next up for Exeter are two away games in three days, with a trip to Scunthorpe swiftly followed by a clash at Oxford.
"I am not looking forward to anything at the moment, I just want to get home and think about it," Tisdale said.
"I know where we got it wrong, so what's the point in watching it again? We got it wrong, we weren't even on the same page, so what's the point in dissecting all the details?
"The flow of our game was completely missing. Sometimes you just have to say we were really poor. I am not angry about it, it happens. We didn't do the same things at the same time, it's that simple."