Another late show delight for Grecians
PAUL Tisdale has called for caution after Exeter’s play-off hopes were boosted thanks to two goals in stoppagetime.
Morecambe substitute Kevin Ellison hit a stunning volley to cancel out David Wheeler’s scruffy opener as the game looked set to end in a draw.
But Reuben Reid came off the bench to win a penalty before blasting home the spotkick.
And Exeter made sure of the win when fellow substitute Liam McAlinden produced a clinical finish in the 95th minute.
The win lifted Exeter into fifth place and they are three points ahead of eighth-placed Mansfield with two games to play.
Grecians manager Paul Tisdale has urged his side not to get carried away.
He said: “The win was so important for us with those extra two points that we got. It was brilliant, but we just have to drive on.
“Everyone will think it was a great day, but there are still six points at stake for everybody.
“I haven’t looked at the table and I have told the players not to look at the table. We just move on to the next, we can’t afford to any sense of comfort.
“There was a lot of anxiety around the ground but all the nerve, all the sense and know-how was on the pitch. The players really kept their nerve and I am delighted.”
Exeter broke the deadlock in the 47th minute when Wheeler’s close-range shot squirmed through the arms of keeper Daniel Nizic.
But Ellison came off the bench to haul the Shrimps level in the 61st minute with a stunning finish.
Paul Mullin delivered a deep cross for the veteran striker to hit a thunderous volley into the top corner. But Reid won the game for Exeter as he went down under a challenge by Michael Rose before dispatching the spot-kick.
McAlinden conjured a touch of the sublime to seal the win.
Despite the defeat, Morecambe manager Jim Bentley was pleased as his side are now safe.
He said: “We started the second half shockingly and conceded a mad goal.
“We brought big Kev on and he scored a goal worthy of winning any game.
“But the big talking about is the penalty decision in the last minute. Reuben Reid used all his experience because, as soon as he felt any contact, he has gone down.
“That is what clever players do and Reuben Reid is certainly one of them.”