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Out of the pic­ture yet – Tis­dale

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

PAUL TIS­DALE is re­fus­ing to throw in the towel in the play-off race de­spite see­ing his Ex­eter side held to a ninth league draw at home this sea­son.

Jay­den Stock­ley fired the Gre­cians into a 19thminute lead with his fifth goal in his last six games.

But Cur­tis We­ston ended a five-month goal drought to sal­vage a point for the Bees.

Ex­eter re­main seven points adrift of the play­offs with eight games re­main­ing.

But man­ager Tis­dale in­sists there is still time for his side to mus­cle their way back into the pro­mo­tion pic­ture.

He said: “There will be plenty more twists and turns.

“We have just got to pick up as many points as we can and see where it takes us.

“There is still a lot of football to be played.

“It was a re­ally good per­for­mance and I was de­lighted with the way we played.

“To play that well on such a poor sur­face showed so much guts and pur­pose.We cre­ated a dozen or more chances and it was a real shame we couldn’t get the win­ner.

“I don’t say it very of­ten, but I thought we were un­lucky here.”

Ryan Har­ley wasted a great op­por­tu­nity to put City in front be­fore Ex­eter de­fender Troy Brown de­nied John Akinde with a goalline clear­ance.

Matt Oak­ley was the ar­chi­tect of Ex­eter’s opener, clip­ping a stun- ning cross to the back post where Stock­ley mus­cled his way in front of El­liott John­son and planted a fierce header past Jamie Stephens.

Bar­net hit back six min­utes later af­ter John­son atoned with a peach of a cross and We­ston’s loop­ing header had just enough flight to loop over the back-ped­alling Bobby Ole­jnik and drop over the line.

Stephens came to Bar­net’s res­cue with two smart saves, the first saw him parry Jor­dan MooreTay­lor’s point-blank header be­fore the keeper plunged to his right to push away David Wheeler’s glanc­ing header.

Bar­net squan­dered a glo­ri­ous chance to seal all three points in the sec­ond half as Ole­jnik saved Akinde’s penalty af­ter MooreTay­lor tripped the pow­er­ful striker.

Bar­net boss Martin Allen says his mid-ta­ble side still have plenty to play for.

He said:“It might not be rel­e­ga­tion or pro­mo­tion that we are fac­ing, but it is about the fu­ture. No one here is think­ing we are mid-ta­ble Tom­mies.

“We owe it to the sup­port­ers and the club to be pos­i­tive, to keep push­ing to try and win ev­ery game.

“Ex­eter are on a good run of form at the mo­ment and it was al­ways go­ing to be a real chal­leng­ing game.”

STAR MAN JAY­DEN STOCK

LEY Ex­eter

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