Out of the picture yet – Tisdale
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.”
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