TISDALE: HONESTY GOT NO REWARD
EXETER manager Paul Tisdale was incensed his side were not awarded a penalty late on in this stalemate. The incident came five minutes from the end when substitute David Wheeler broke away and Tisdale was convinced referee Nigel Miller made a mess of the decision.
“It’s probably the key decision in the game,” he said.
“We ask players to stay on their feet and it’s a travesty when a player stays on his feet when he gets clipped while shooting and the penalty’s not given.
“Do we have to send people hurtling to the floor to get a foul? Do we have to tell players to dive and roll around to get a decision?
“It incenses me. It wasn’t a bad decision for football, it was a shocking one.
“If it’s outside the box it’s a sending off and if it’s inside it’s a penalty. To get neither is a travesty.”
Tisdale’s side took the lead in the 13th minute with their first attacking threat.
Alex Nicholls smashed a free-kick against the bar and full-back Arron Davies volleyed home into an empty net from ten yards.
Bury reacted well and created numerous chances. Nicky Adams saw a low shot saved by Christy Pym, Chris Hussey rattled the bar and then Pym denied Adams again.
Pym was finally beaten a minute before half time, though, as former Exeter striker Danny Nardiello headed home at the back post.
Bury’s Craig Jones burst down the right and put a perfect cross on to the head of Nardiello, who had an easy finish for the equaliser.
The second half was much the same, with Bury dominating possession, though unable to find another goal.
Nardiello had the best chance to put the Shakers in front but misfired after Pym had spilt a long-range shot from Andrew Tutte, before Danny Mayor opted to pass rather than shoot in a scoring opportunity.
The chances continued to come, but Bury could not find a way past Pym, to leave the fans wondering how they didn’t claim all the points.
Boss David Flitcroft believed his side created enough chances to win the game but was ultimately disappointed with the lack of quality at times.
“We’ve just been in the coaches’ room discussing how many opportunities we created and we’ll look back on it and the stats from the game,” he said.
“We created a lot of opportunities in the final third and, at times, the quality wasn’t just what I wanted.
“In the first half it took them 14 minutes to get into our half and they’ve scored from their first shot on target after they had hit the bar from a free-kick.
“We’ve dominated an Exeter side that like to get the ball down and pass it.
“I’m disappointed with the last bit as we’ve had so many chances again.
“Danny Nardiello has had a fantastic chance and he’s the only player on the pitch you want it to fall to after he’s scored.
“Danny Rose has had a good chance, Chris Hussey has hit the bar.
“There’s a tinge of frustration in there but there always is if you don’t win.”
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