EXETER CITY manager Paul Tisdale could not hide his anger after the Grecians went down to their tenth home defeat of the League Two season on Saturday.
Kayode Odejayi’s scruffy goal on the stroke of half-time for Accrington Stanley was all that separated the two sides, but it was yet another poor performance from the Grecians in front of their fans.
Tisdale was unhappy that certain players failed to carry out his instructions, with the defeat leaving City still involved in an unwanted scrap to avoid relegation from League Two, although Northampton Town’s home defeat to Bury, who Exeter play next Saturday, kept the gap between City and the relegation zone at seven points.
“We weren’t good enough today. We were lacklustre with our performance,” Tisdale said. “In isolation, our players looked on top of their game in the opening half-hour, but it didn’t relate to what I had asked them to do as a team.
“It bore no resemblance to the direction I required, directed and asked of them. I warned them before the game what I wanted them to do and what I would like them not to do and they got dragged into some indulgence and over-complication.
“We didn’t put pressure on the Accrington back four. I spoke about it yesterday, I spoke about it before the game and spoke about it at half-time. It is just not good enough. Players have to take direction.
“Accrington played well as a team and controlled the game and deserved their win. We got exactly what we deserved because we didn’t play the way I asked them to play.
“The players that have led our team so well over the last few games over-complicated it. It’s not about being a good player, it’s about playing as part of a good team and, today, they got the horn.
“It has nothing to do with how much you want it, or how committed you are, it is about doing the right thing at the right time and we didn’t do the right things at the right time. We deserved to lose and they deserved to win.”
Many people felt there was an ‘After the Lord Mayor’s show’ feel about Exeter’s performance, but Tisdale rejected that notion.
“It wasn’t an over-confidence in terms of arrogance or attitude. It was just an over-complication and that’s not over-confidence,” the City manager added.
“It is an easy view of it and that is not what happened. We just over-complicated it. That’s not over-confidence.”
“We have to make sure we learn our lessons from it and the major part of our discussion is what happens next and what we need to do from here. That’s what we have to focus on.”
Tisdale added: “It is disappointing and Accrington deserved their win because they were the better team. They created more chances and controlled the game and well done to them.
“Their goal was pretty basic, it was a ball put into a dangerous area and a fight and a scrap and the ball went over our line. We didn’t deal with it.
“There are going to be lots of ups and downs, but as long as keep our nerve, we will be OK, but there is a lesson to be learnt.
“I am sure the players will have taken my words, it won’t be particularly pleasant for them, but they know what they have to do.
“All games are tough because everyone has something to play for and it will be difficult going forward, but as long as we keep our nerve and keep playing, we will put one or two or three performances together to get what we need.”