Ner­vous Tis­dale is con­fi­dent of safety

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

PAUL Tis­dale is brac­ing him­self for a nerve-shred­ding end to the sea­son af­ter Ex­eter’s league sta­tus was left hang­ing in the bal­ance af­ter a draw with Chel­tenham.

Ex­eter took the lead af­ter de­fender Jordan Moore-Tay­lor fired his first goal for the club on 12 min­utes.

But Ex­eter’s jinx con­tin­ued af­ter Chel­tenham striker By­ron Har­ri­son scored his 15th goal of the sea­son to put his side within touch­ing dis­tance of safety them­selves.

The Gre­cians have never beaten Chel­tenham and yes­ter­day’s draw was the first time they had taken a sin­gle point in the ten meet­ings be­tween the sides.

And, while Ex­eter sit just two points above the drop zone, man­ager Tis­dale is con­fi­dent his side will get over the fin­ish­ing line – just.

He said:“I am pleased with how we played and it was a fair re­sult.

“It is a nerve-wrack­ing time for us all and there is a lot at stake with ev­ery pass, ev­ery tackle and ev­ery de­ci­sion you make.

“I thought the play­ers ap­plied them­selves re­ally well and it was a point gained.

“If we carry on play­ing like that, we will give our­selves a good chance of stay­ing in this league.

“We just need to hold our nerve and ap­proach the last four games in a pos­i­tive frame of mind.”

Ex­eter got off to a bright start and their early pres­sure was re­warded with the opener. Craig Wood­man sup­plied the cross and Moore-Tay­lor popped up in the six-yard box to stab into the bot­tom cor­ner.

The goal stirred Chel­tenham from their slum­ber and Har­ri­son snatched an equaliser af­ter pok­ing the ball past Christy Pym af­ter Jer­maine McGlashin ran at the Ex­eter de­fence.

Chel­tenham had cred­i­ble penalty claims turned down af­ter the break when Wood­man got the wrong side of McGlashan and bun­dled into the back of the winger.

Jamie Cure­ton’s at­tempted lob sailed over the bar be­fore sub­sti­tute Sam Deer­ing fluffed his lines in front of goal in stop­page time.

He should have cashed in af­ter Pym gave the ball away cheaply but in­stead could only plant a weak shot straight at him.

The draw puts Chel­tenham on 52 points – six points clear of sec­ond­bot­tom Northamp­ton. But boss Mark Yates re­fuses to ac­cept his side are safe.

He said:“There are a lot of teams be­low us, but we are not go­ing to take it for granted.We need more points and to take care of our own busi­ness.

“But I bet the teams who are in the bot­tom two now wish they had 52 points. I am pleased with a point al­though it could have been all three.”

STAR MAN PAT BALDW

IN Ex­eter

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