DEVON DERBY Tisdale changing shape was game changer

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale, courtesy & copyright Dave RowntreeExeter City boss Paul Tisdale realised within 90 seconds he would have to make half-time changes to his team as the Grecians countered from 1-0 down to win 2-1 at League 2 play-off chasing Plymouth last night.

Tisdale said: “We didn’t have the numbers forward in the first half and we changed the formation in the second half and pressed the ball higher. I knew 90 seconds into the game we needed to change the shape.

“Without gloating too much there won’t be too many teams in the bottom half of League Two that will play that way under that kind of pressure.

 “The players believed they could do it at half-time, we played really good football. We didn’t panic and our performance was enhanced by a quality pitch to play on.

 “We finished strong and played our game. That is what I am so pleased about.

 “There is no blame for the penalty. I thought the referee was brilliant, he was a strong proper referee.

 “Our performances have been improving and the last week we have scored some goals. We have got every player in the squad fit and that helps.

 “I thought at half-time the next goal would win it, but we are confident we had a chance in the second half.”

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