Disallowed double is dent for Grecians
EXETER manager Paul Tisdale was left imagining what might have been after the Grecians had two goals disallowed in their draw against Burton Albion.
John O’Flynn’s tap-in after 20 minutes was disallowed for a foul inside the area and ten minutes later his diving header found the net only for the striker to be ruled offside.
But when it looked like it would not be Exeter’s day at the Pirelli Stadium, Burton skipper Ian Sharpes headed into his own net after keeper Dean Lyness failed to properly control O’Flynn’s shot.
However three minutes later Burton levelled through Adam McGurk who calmly slotted home Zeli Ismail’s cross.
But with Exeter seeing off January without a win in four games, Tisdale admitted that he was happy to be taking home a point.
“I am very happy with the way we played, and I think that we had to work hard for our point but it was a very good point for us in the end,” Tisdale said.
“It was a fully committed performance and I thought we showed the energy and everyone contributed their fair share.
“We’ve had a few games recently where I think we could have just shaded the three points.
“And I hope I’m not looking at it through rose tinted glasses, but our players were quicker to the ball.
“And even though at 11 some of my players were tired I stuck with them, and they were doing the business in the end.”
However Burton manager Gary Rowett said the game was the worst 90 minutes of football his squad has produced this season.
Burton’s only significant first-half chance saw McGurk steer a halfvolley over the bar after Ismail lofted the ball into the area.
After the break and with the scores level Burton’s Jimmy Philips displayed some fancy footwork to take the ball from deep inside his own half into the Exeter penalty area only to finish with a strike straight at keeper Artur Krysiak.
“I think you’d have to say considering the way we’ve played it’s a point gained, I would say it’s the poorest we’ve played all season,” said Rowett.
“When we got it back level, we did well and I thought ‘come on we have to push and go again.
“But we had to shuffle the pack a bit out there – I was pleased to end up with a point after the way we played.
“However we need to get back to our winning ways, especially when we don’t have that many home games left this season.”
STAR MAN ADAM MCGUR