GRECIANS ARE BACK FROM THE DEAD

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Bam­sey EXETER CITY (4-4-1-1): Pym 7; Sweeney 7, Moore-Taylor 7, Brown 6, Wood­man 7 (Reid 68, 6); Till­son 6, James 6, Har­ley 5, Taylor 6 (Wheeler 46, 6); Watkins 7, McAlin­den 7 (Stacey 58, 6). Subs not used: Ole­jnik, Grant, Oak­ley, Croll YEOVIL T

EXETER staged an in­cred­i­ble late come­back to keep their play-off hopes alive, and boss Paul Tis­dale wants the fightback to be a les­son for the fu­ture.

The Grecians looked dead and buried as they trailed to goals from Fran­cois Zoko, Shayon Har­ri­son and Alex Lacey.

But David Wheeler threw the hosts a life­line in the 88th minute.

And Troy Brown and Reuben Reid struck in stop­page-time to sal­vage the un­like­li­est of points, with the draw keep­ing Exeter in the play-off places on goal dif­fer­ence.

“It is a les­son to me, the play­ers, my coach­ing staff – ev­ery­one – to never count your chick­ens,” beamed Tis­dale.

“Don’t over-cel­e­brate, don’t think the job is done be­cause one can be­come two and two can be­come three.

“Wow, what a fi­nal half-hour! It was full of mis­takes and lots of good foot­ball.

“The play­ers have shown so much and I want them go­ing away feel­ing good about them­selves be­cause they showed real char­ac­ter and be­lief.

“There will be twists and turns be­tween now and the end of the sea­son.

“There will be times when we think we have blown it and times we think we’ve done it. But we have seven games to go, we just have to hold our nerve.”

Yeovil broke the dead­lock in the 63rd minute when Zoko raced on to Matt Dolan’s pass and guided the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner.

The Glovers dou­bled their lead seven min­utes later as Har­ri­son nod­ded into an empty net af­ter Christy Pym blocked Dolan’s piledriver.

Yeovil looked to have sealed it in the 78th minute with Lacey’s free header from Dolan’s free-kick.

The ram­pant vis­i­tors could have added to their tally but Pym clung on to JeanLouis Akpa Akpro’s ef­fort and the tide turned when Wheeler rammed the ball home via the in­side of the post.

Brown headed home Lloyd James’ free­kick in the 91st minute and Reid grabbed the equaliser af­ter bring­ing down Jack Stacey’s cross and plant­ing the ball into the roof of the net.

And Yeovil boss Darren Way was un­sur­pris­ngly fu­ri­ous at the late col­lapse.

He said: “We are all bit­terly, bit­terly dis­ap­pointed.

“When their first goal went in, I looked at the body lan­guage and we were clearly de­flated.

“At that point I would prob­a­bly have made about six sub­sti­tu­tions.

“The play­ers have got to take re­spon­si­bil­ity about the way they man­age the game bet­ter.

“In a derby you have to al­low for mis­takes, but not mis­takes like that in the space of five min­utes. “That is what Reuben Reid can do but you have to be strong and re­silient enough to see it out.

“It shouldn’t have hap­pened and I will look at the goals again and make sure it doesn’t hap­pen again.”

PIC­TURES: ProS­ports/ Gra­ham Hunt

DRAMA: Reuben Reid cel­e­brates scor­ing Exeter’s equal­is­ing goal STAR MAN MATT DOLAN Yeovil

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