Dis­al­lowed dou­ble is dent for Gre­cians

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Liam Cole­man To com­ment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

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

K Bur­ton

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