El­li­son at the dou­ble to de­rail Gre­cians

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Tom Mas­ton

EX­ETER man­ager Paul Tis­dale was frus­trated with his side’s in­abil­ity to fight back against More­cambe as the Gre­cians suf­fered their first league de­feat of the sea­son.

Two sec­ond half goals from Kevin El­li­son, in­cluded one just 58 sec­onds af­ter the half-time restart, meant More­cambe se­cured all three points for the first time this term.

And Tis­dale ad­mit­ted that the reaction of the play­ers af­ter the break left him ex­as­per­ated.

“My main in­struc­tions were to be as good as we could be in the first five min­utes and make sure we got back in con­trol as we were in the first half, but we didn’t do that,” he said.

“I was dis­ap­pointed with the first goal be­cause it was a minute af­ter half­time and we had pos­ses­sion on the cor­ner of their box that we con­trived to frit­ter away.

“The lad then had a free header from eight yards out which is dis­ap­point­ing from a de­fen­sive point of view.

“What dis­ap­pointed me most was that we fin­ished so poorly.

“I made some changes and the re­sult was we didn’t pass it as well, we lost it ev­ery time we got into the last third, our ball re­ten­tion was use­less and we gave away as many free-kicks as we could.”

The vis­i­tors had the bet­ter of things in the first half, though More­cambe went clos­est to break­ing the dead­lock as the out­stand­ing Jack Samp­son had a header cleared de­spite the ball seem­ingly hav­ing crossed the line.

John O’Flynn hit the wood­work for the vis­i­tors at the other end be­fore the break, but they soon found them­selves be­hind as Samp­son’s cross was nod­ded past Ar­tur Krysiak by fan favourite El­li­son.

The winger, who was mak­ing his re­turn from a ham­string in­jury, then sealed the win as he latched onto an­other Samp­son ball to lob the ad­vanc­ing goal­keeper.

Only a Craig Woodman clear­ance off the line de­nied El­li­son the match ball, but man­ager Jim Bent­ley was still rightly pleased with his side’s dis­play.

“I’m happy, but it’s only one game. It’s a clean sheet and there’s plenty of pos­i­tives,” he said.

“We got the three points, which is what we wanted, and now we move onto the next game.

“I haven’t been pleased with cer­tain as­pects of our game and we wanted a lit­tle bit more from them. We proved in pre-sea­son what a good foot­balling side we can be.

“If some­one comes and plays football against us we’ll give them a game. If some­one comes and gets amongst us we can’t feel sorry for our­selves and we’ve got to earn the right to play football.

“We did both here and it’s pleas­ing but as I say it’s just one game.” To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

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