Tis­dale is not sure about the play-offs

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Bam­sey

PAUL Tis­dale shot down sug­ges­tions his Ex­eter side are back in the play­off race af­ter com­ing from be­hind to put a dent in Wim­ble­don’s top-seven hopes.

Ade­bayo Ak­in­fenwa fired the Dons into a fourth-minute lead but the vis­i­tors were re­duced to ten men mid­way through the first half when Dan­nie Bul­man saw red.

Tom Ni­chols lashed home an equaliser af­ter the break be­fore con­vert­ing from the spot af­ter Clin­ton Mor­ri­son was tripped by Dave Winfield.

David Wheeler put Ex­eter 3-1 up but they suf­fered a ner­vous fi­nal few min­utes af­ter keeper James Ha­mon put the ball into his own net.

The win lifts Ex­eter to within six points of the play-offs but manager Tis­dale re­fuses to get car­ried away.

He said: “We have con­trived in the last few months to put our­selves out of the play­off hunt by not win­ning enough games.

“By win­ning games over the next month that hori­zon might change. But at the mo­ment we are not close to that sit­u­a­tion so it is not some­thing we are talk­ing about.We can only go to the next game and do our best to win it.

“It was a very pleas­ing win.We scored three goals, had plenty of shots and chances and we could have won by more. It was an anx­ious fi­nal few min­utes but we saw it through.”

Ak­in­fenwa broke the dead­lock af­ter lash­ing home a stunning vol­ley for his 14th goal of the sea­son.

But Ex­eter staged a spir­ited re­sponse and Ni­chols watched in frus­tra­tion as his de­flected shot clipped the top of the cross­bar.

The Gre­cians striker was de­nied thanks to a smart save from Joe McDon­nell af­ter he nipped in front of Dons de­fender Jack Smith.

Ni­chols fired an equaliser into the bot­tom cor­ner in the 54th minute and then kept his cool to send McDon­nell the wrong way from the spot. Wheeler tapped in Ni­chols’ cross to put Ex­eter in con­trol and Ha­mon was left red-faced af­ter Ad­edeji Oshi­laja’s header hit the post and trick­led over the line off the keeper’s foot.

Dons boss Neal Ard­ley said: “We had a good start but the send­ing off has killed us. I haven’t seen it but if he has gone in twofooted then he de­serves to go and I have got no com­plaints.

“Dan­nie Bul­man will be dis­ap­pointed that he has cost the team. I thought the penalty was soft.

“Clin­ton Mor­ri­son is an ex­pe­ri­enced player and he knows he has bought that.

“He wasn’t reach­ing the ball, felt the slight­est bit of con­tact and went down. It is hard to have a send­ing off and a penalty against you and I was dis­ap­pointed with the ref­eree.

“That said we didn’t play with enough nous in our de­fend­ing.”

STAR MAN LIAM SERCO

MBE Ex­eter

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