Tis­dale ad­mits they must im­prove

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Re­becca Carter

EX­ETER boss Paul Tis­dale could only hold his hands up and ap­plaud home side Bar­net af­ter his team were thor­oughly out­played at the Hive.

A Troy Brown own goal and Josh Clarke’s fine solo ef­fort either side of half­time was enough to give the Bees a 2-0 home vic­tory that saw them move up to 16th in the League Two ta­ble.

And a de­spon­dent Tis­dale, who lost de­fender Jor­dan Moore-Tay­lor to a late fit­ness test, ad­mit­ted Bar­net were well worth their three points and be­lieves there is some soul-search­ing to do for his play­ers.

“I am dis­ap­pointed with the re­sult,” he said.

“But I’m more dis­ap­pointed with the way we played.We have got some work to do if that is go­ing to be our level of per­for­mance.

“Well done to Bar­net; they played their game par­tic­u­larly well and took their chances.

“Troy Brown didn’t mean to do it, but the ball was in the box fre­quently enough, and with the amount of play­ers in there and that fre­quency, it went in. I cer­tainly wouldn’t put it down to luck – they de­served that goal based on the pres­sure they put on us.

“I am not go­ing to hide away from it; the play­ers need to be more ef­fec­tive. And we did not do what we had to do and Bar­net de­served to win I think.”

Two yel­low cards and an own goal summed up Ex­eter’s first-half per­for­mance at The Hive. Brown’s er­ror came in the 34th minute, the Gre­cians’ cen­tre-back head­ing the ball straight into his own net while try­ing to clear Josh Clarke’s swing­ing cross.

It did not get much bet­ter for the vis­i­tors af­ter the break with Bar­net res­o­lute in defence and Jamie Stephens on form in goal.

And just be­fore the hour-mark the Bees made Ex­eter pay for a sloppy cor­ner, clear­ing the ball to Clarke who ran the length of the right touch­line be­fore cut­ting in­side and slot­ting the ball past Bobby Ole­jnik to dou­ble his side’s ad­van­tage.

And Bar­net’s as­sis­tant first team coach, Gary Wad­dock, said the Bees can af­ford to ro­tate their squad given their re­cent form that has seen them win three of their last four games.

He said: “It’s very im­por­tant given there’s a long sea­son ahead. At the mo­ment we are in a nice run of form, and the man­ager can ro­tate and can put play­ers in there.

“He knows he will get a re­sponse and per­for­mance and the play­ers that are on the out­side are wait­ing for that op­por­tu­nity, so it keeps ev­ery­body on their toes.

“Every­thing has been pos­i­tive, ev­ery mem­ber of that group has con­trib­uted to it and been very pos­i­tive in the re­sults that we have got.”



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