An­other late show de­light for Grecians

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

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.”

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