TISDALE WILL TAKE CARE OF HOSKINS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Spit­tles

EX­ETER City boss Paul Tisdale pledged to be pa­tient with new sign­ing Will Hoskins af­ter the in­jury-plagued striker scored a match­win­ning goal on his de­but.

The 29-year-old has strug­gled for fit­ness over the last two years af­ter suf­fer­ing se­ri­ous knee and groin in­juries.

But he’s been nursed back to health by the Gre­cians and his strike against Yeovil af­ter be­ing in­tro­duced as a sub­sti­tute was his first goal since Jan­uary 2013.

Hoskins scored 20 goals in a sea­son for Bristol Rovers in 2010-11 and now Ex­eter are hop­ing to ben­e­fit from his un­doubted tal­ent.

City led 2-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Tom Ni­chols and David Wheeler but were pegged back when Harry Cor­nick and Matty Dolan net­ted for Yeovil.

And Tisdale urged cau­tion with Hoskins, who scored with six min­utes left, say­ing:“With Will the idea is to be a lit­tle bit fur­ther for­ward each week than the week be­fore and I’m quite re­laxed about that.

“I’m not ex­pect­ing too much too soon and I don’t re­ally want to be talk­ing about it all the time but I’m re­ally pleased for him.

“The move­ment for the goal was fan­tas­tic and he took the ball at the right height be­cause if he had waited a frac­tion of a sec­ond the goal­keeper would have got it.

“The game was more ex­cit­ing than I hoped for at half-time, but a win is a win and I don’t think we are com­pletely into our rhythm yet so to win the game is re­ally pleas­ing.”

The Glovers have made 17 sign­ings this sum­mer and fielded nine new re­cruits in their start­ing line-up at St James Park, be­fore send­ing on two more new faces as subs.

Boss Paul Stur­rock said: “It will take time for this team to set­tle down.

“It was a fan­tas­tic fight­back to get back from 2-0 down but we’re gut­ted we’ve left with noth­ing.

“We’ve got to learn from this and it’s dif­fi­cult to as­sess the squad af­ter one game but we’ll keep learn­ing and look to get bet­ter.

“The at­ti­tude of the play­ers pleased me at the start of the sec­ond-half and we played well to come back to level the game. “There is no easy way around shap­ing a team and we’ve got 17 new sign­ings. Some­times you learn more from los­ing.”

Ex­eter took the lead on 31 min­utes whenYeovil de­fender Con­nor Roberts han­dled the ball in the area and Ni­chols con­verted from the penalty spot. They dou­bled their ad­van­tage be­fore the break when Wheeler latched onto a bril­liant pass from David Noble and poked the ball past Town keeper Chris Weale.

But Yeovil re­duced the deficit less than a minute into the sec­ond half when sub Cor­nick fired in from 12 yards with his first touch of the ball.

Cor­nick was in­volved again when he was tripped in the area to win Yeovil a penalty, which was then con­fi­dently dis­patched by Dolan.

City then saw Wheeler hit the post be­fore Hoskins ran onto a long ball for­ward and chipped over the ad­vanc­ing Weale for the win­ner.

PIC­TURES: JMP

TUS­SLE: Yeovil’s Sean Jef­fers is tack­led by Ex­eter’s Aaron Davies

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