GRE­CIANS SIGN OFF IN STYLE

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

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

S Ex­eter

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