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Tisdale wants his Exeter side to 'show more purpose' in home encounters

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 17, 2012

Manager Paul Tisdale issues instructions against York City picture: PA

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Manager Paul Tisdale was unhappy with the lack of purpose his Exeter City side showed as they were held to a 1-1 draw by an impressive York City side.

The Grecians needed an 83rd-minute John O'Flynn goal, his fourth of the campaign, to rescue a point after a largely disjointed display against last season's FA Trophy and Blue Square Bet Premier play-off winners.

"I am pleased that we got a point from where we were, but I am disappointed with our purpose overall. I am happy with the last 25 minutes, but we lacked purpose until that point," Tisdale said.

"I don't think we played badly, and we weren't lacking in energy or commitment. We just didn't mean it enough when we were moving forward.

"We had the same team playing as last week [in the 4-2 win at Oxford] but an away game is very different to a home game.

"We played with a lot of purpose in the first game of the season, but found ourselves 3-0 down after half an hour.

"There are actions and consequences off the back of that experience, and I think the players perhaps wanted to ease themselves into the game. I see no harm in that, but we should also recognise that there needed to be more purpose."

Tisdale added: "Playing away is different to playing at home and we have to find our style. We finished like it and meant it, but the pressure was off by then and we had to go and show purpose. The last half-hour was more like it.

"Matt Oakley was the stand-out player for us. He was able to recognise when to show initiative, when to be pro-active, when to make things happen, and he played three or four different positions in the game as I tried to manoeuvre him into effective areas.

"He made a big difference in the last 20 minutes, as did Jordan Moore-Taylor."

Losing Liam Sercombe, who has been in such fine form for the Grecians this season, also disrupted City. He is unlikely to feature in tomorrow's game against Wycombe Wanderers, while Alan Gow is also unlikely to be fit in time for the visit of the Chairboys.

"I am worried about Liam," Tisdale admitted. "It is ankle bruising and it was a lot worse today than it was after last week.

"We hope John [O'Flynn] and Jamie [Cureton] will be fit, but I don't think Alan [Gow] will be fit quite yet and we will have to see how Guillem [Bauza] is on Monday.

"We decided Jamie was only going to play half an hour or 60 minutes, it was either starting the game or coming off the bench. There was no way I was going to take a risk by playing him for 90 minutes."

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