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Tisdale refuses to blame Cureton for crucial miss

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 17, 2012

Exeter City

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Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale rued his side's inability to take the clear cut chances that came their way in the Devon derby draw with Plymouth Argyle.

The Grecians turned in a disjointed display against the Pilgrims, but had the better chances to win it, with Jamie Cureton spurning two fantastic second-half opportunities.

"I'm not going to ask Jamie about his chances because I'm sure he'll be disappointed. Nor am I going to use it as a stick to beat him with," Tisdale said.

"He has scored more than enough goals for us already, but you don't play for as long in the game as he has by dwelling on those things for too long.

"It was a very scrappy and even game and I'm sure they [Argyle] will feel they put us under enough pressure in the second half to have got something from the game.

"I believe that we had the clearer of the chances and I'd like to think we'd have scored more than once with those chances.

"It is what it is. It's a point and we are disappointed, having lost the lead, but it is still a draw.

"Argyle were a goal down and had nothing to lose, so they were always going to give it a go. We had a chance to go 2-0 up and didn't take it and, when you defend for long enough, something is bound to happen, as it did today.

"I am pleased for Liam [Sercombe] to score, he needs to score for us and he has been due a goal. That will do him no harm.

"It will give him confidence going into the second half of the season and I don't think he'd mind me saying that I want more goals from him."

The Grecians' boss was disappointed that his side did not put enough pressure on the ball when the Pilgrims built up a head of steam in the second half.

"I don't think it was keeping hold of the ball," he said. "I'm more disappointed at not being safe and not being high up the pitch, but to do that, you have to have more pressure on the ball and move across the pitch better.

"I don't think it was a day for keeping hold of the ball, I think it was a day to stop the opposition at 1-0 up having prolonged spells of pressure. It would have been very hard to have kept the ball at 1-0 and be calm and casual about it. I don't think that was the way.

"I think the way was to defend from the half-way line a little bit better and put more pressure on the ball by stopping it from coming into our last third.

"I'm not too disappointed with the players. I thought they did OK."

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