No fizz, rules Tis, with O’s the fo­cus

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Alex Palmer

EX­ETER City man­ager Paul Tis­dale let his play­ers cel­e­brate for ten sec­onds af­ter a thump­ing vic­tory at bot­tom club New­port County, then or­dered them to fo­cus their minds on to­mor­row’s home clash with Ley­ton Ori­ent.

A first hat-trick in se­nior foot­ball from Ol­lie Watkins and a tap in for David Wheeler saw the Gre­cians claim an eighth away win of the sea­son.

Tis­dale’s men climb to 11th in the League Two ta­ble, just five points off the play-off places.

But the boss is keen to keep his play­ers’ feet on the ground, hav­ing strug­gled so badly in the first part of the sea­son.

“It’s a re­ally good re­sult for us con­sid­er­ing how tight the first half was,” he said.

“They chal­lenged our goal more than we chal­lenged theirs.

“To come away win­ning 4-1 is great. We were re­ally strong in the sec­ond half, we did the ba­sics, noth­ing flashy, but ef­fec­tive.

“I’m re­ally pleased, but our heads and minds have to be fo­cussed on Mon­day’s game now.”

Watkins headed in the opener in first-half in­jury time and fired in a sec­ond from close range on 47 min­utes, be­fore com­plet­ing his treble in the 95th minute af­ter Wheeler had killed off County on 53 min­utes.

“It’s his first hat­trick, but it’s no sur­prise as he’s scored goals and he’s in good form,” said Tis­dale.

“He played a sim­ple game and was set up by oth­ers, but he took his goals re­ally well. I told him to en­joy it but not get car­ried away with an­other game in two days.

“I let them cel­e­brate for ten sec­onds then it was back to it.”

Sean Rigg headed in a con­so­la­tion goal for the hosts on 82 min­utes but man­ager Gra­ham West­ley knows he will have to be busy in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow.

Six straight de­feats have left his side five points from safety at the bot­tom.

“I’m pretty re­al­is­tic about where we are,” said the New­port boss. “We’ve got a group of lads at the club who are at a cer­tain stage in their abil­ity and their per­for­mance and that’s been con­sis­tent for a long pe­riod of time.

Some of the in­gre­di­ents that you need in a win­ning team aren’t here at the foot­ball club.

“The win­dow has been shut and there’s been noth­ing we could do to bring new in­gre­di­ents in.

“We’ve had to try our best to win games with the in­gre­di­ents that are here.

“We have to bring in one or two big char­ac­ters in Jan­uary.”

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