PAUL DE­MANDS THE X-FAC­TOR

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

EX­ETER man­ager Paul Tis­dale has chal­lenged his ta­ble-top­ping side to keep their foot on the gas as they con­tinue their storm­ing start to the sea­son.

Jor­dan Till­son ended a 19-month goal drought to put the Gre­cians in front against Crewe be­fore strikes from Jake Tay­lor and Jay­den Stock­ley made it four straight home wins for Tis­dale’s troops.

Ex­eter have won seven of their open­ing eight games and are al­ready eight points clear of fourth-placed Lu­ton.

But Tis­dale in­sists his side must build on their im­pres­sive run and rack up as many points as pos­si­ble.

The City chief said: “It was a strong per­for­mance and a fab­u­lous re­sult, so I am very happy.

“They are all play­ing well in­di­vid­u­ally and as a team.

“When you play well as a team, you find you can add that bit of sharp­ness and quick­ness to the ball.

“We were fo­cussed and for­ward think­ing.

“It’s nice to have that cush­ion in the ta­ble and make hay while the sun shines.

“We have a long sea­son ahead of us. We prob­a­bly won’t get it all our way all of the time, and we want to make the points while we have the chance.”

Crewe squan­dered a glo­ri­ous chance to take the lead on two min­utes when Ge­orge Cooper blazed an ef­fort over the cross­bar.

But the high-fly­ing Gre­cians struck the opener on seven min­utes af­ter Troy Brown was de­nied by Ben Gar­ratt, Till­son tuck­ing home the re­bound.

It was the mid­fielder’s first goal since Fe­bru­ary 2016 and only his se­cond goal in 52 ap­pear­ances for the Gre­cians.

The hosts dou­bled their lead on 38 min­utes as Liam McAlin­den’s scuffed shot flashed across the face of the six-yard box for Tay­lor to ram home at the back post.

Mo­ments later, the Gre­cians al­most added a third af­ter Pierce Sweeney picked out Tay­lor at the back post and his header was des­tined for the back of the net un­til Ed­die Nolan cleared off the goalline.

Ex­eter wrapped up the win on 76 min­utes when sub­sti­tute Stock­ley rose to meet Tay­lor’s cross with a glanc­ing header over Gar­ratt.

Crewe boss David Artell ad­mit­ted his side got what they de­served, say­ing: “Too many play­ers didn’t play well – it’s as sim­ple as that.

“If you have six or seven play­ers off their game, you are not go­ing to win any games of foot­ball, never mind at the league lead­ers, who are fly­ing at the mo­ment.

“We can’t just sit on the edge of our own box and ex­pect that to be fine.

“If you are in the com­fort zone, ex­pect to get your ar­ses kicked – par­don my French – es­pe­cially against a good team. “We should have been 1-0 up, but the next thing, it’s three bounces, three con­tacts, and three goals.”

PIC­TURES: PSI/Graham hunt

DIS­PATCHED: Ex­eter’s Jake Tay­lor tucks away his side’s se­cond goal against Crewe NICE ONE: Tay­lor takes the con­grat­u­la­tions of team­mate Liam McAlin­den af­ter mak­ing it 2-0

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