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Troubled times at St James' have Tisdale considering desperate measures

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 27, 2012

Paul Tisdale

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Paul Tisdale believes he may have to try something extraordinary in a bid to change Exeter City's awful home record.

The Grecians crashed to a 3-1 loss to struggling Oxford United yesterday with the defeat City's sixth in only 12 League games.

They have won only three times on home turf this campaign and after another abject home showing, Tisdale hinted that he may be forced to try something different, starting with Saturday's visit of Barnet, another team struggling at the foot of League Two.

"I have to think of something," Tisdale said. "I know what hasn't worked and I don't know what's going to work.

"Changing a side from home games to away games is not really the sort of thing a manager wants to do, but keeping the same side has not worked at home.

"Maybe I have to do something unconventional, I don't know. I don't want to take this game in isolation, I have to look at all the games over the first half of the season. It's particularly difficult to know why it is like it is. I know we have conceded some sloppy goals in previous games and maybe we lost some momentum with poor defending early in the season. But the fact is, we are where we are.

"I thought we started great today. We started as well as we have all season at home, but we conceded the first goal again. We have to work on it, but it is very hard to work on it with the weather as it is right now. We have some work to do, that's for sure.

"Our first 20 minutes were the best we have had at home this season, there is no doubt about it, and we looked the more likely to score. I am acutely aware of where we failed and going over the first half of the season, we have failed too many times in our games at home."

After that first goal though, Exeter capitulated. They trailed 1-0 at the break before two quick goals immediately after half-time left them dead and buried. A triple substitution injected some life into the Grecians, who grabbed a consolation through Jamie Cureton's penalty.

"It's frustrating for me, the fans and the players as well," Tisdale said. "We have to look at every situation objectively and it is my job to try and alter this trend we have of poor results at home.

"Sometimes, when things are disjointed as they were for large parts of today's game, it gives you a simple path ahead. You do have to make some strong changes in your mind and the way you set your team up. It was very frustrating today.

"I am not going to make a thing of it. I am certainly very happy with our away form and I don't want to meddle with that. I am trying to put out the same players to be good away and be good at home, but trying to find a solution for those same 11, 12 players that play virtually every week is hard.

"Games at home are different to games away in the way that the opposition play and we have to find a way that fits and works for us. It has been a very disappointing first half of the season, but it's not something I am going to give up on."

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