GRECIANS SIGN OFF IN STYLE
A TENTH home defeat of the season for Hartlepool United, an eighth away win for Exeter City – and Grecians boss Paul Tisdale says they played to the script.
Yet both sides finished the season in similar and equally unflattering positions – the Grecians in 16th spot, and the Pools in 19th.
But the visitors were always on top of this one, in command throughout and were well deserving of their win.
Winning boss Tisdale said: “We played exactly how I wanted to play, we were relaxed and scored two really good goals. Jordan Taylor came in at centre-half fand I’ve not seen too many better debuts.
“He conceded a penalty, but that was the only blot on his card to be honest, but he didn’t let it affect his performance.
“You have to say he was exceptional. I’m not going to get too carried away – this
was a game for players to be relaxed and play with freedom, which is something you can’t normally do.
“I’ve just told them in the dressing room the same thing. It’s nice to end the season on a high, it’s certainly better than losing and finishing on a flat note.”
Tisdale’s side went in front when Matt Gill robbed Bradley Walker of the ball in midfield and Jimmy Keohane picked up the loose ball.
He ran forward with some purpose and fired in off the underside of the crossbar from 25 yards – a goal which brought a ripple of applause from the home crowd.
Number two arrived on 44 minutes, Gill again the provider. This time he sprayed a long ball over the top for David Wheeler to col- lect, round keeper Scott Flinders and tap home.
Pools had a chance for an instant route back when James Poole was felled in the penalty area by debutant Taylor.
Jack Compton took the spot-kick, but keeper Christy Pym dived to his left to comfortably save.
Pools manager Colin Cooper said: “Too many play- ers had an end of season mentality. All the right things were said before the game, the right messages, but nothing happened. “Everyone can say things, but it’s about actions and too many disappointed me with their actions.
“It’s a home game, in front of our own fans, and I didn’t see enough energy or excitement from our players today.
“We allowed Exeter time and space and it let them play. We were miles off it, miles off.
“It’s frustrating to end the season in this way, as I said the right words were spoken, but not carried out.”
STAR MAN MATT GRIME