Tis­dale aims to en­sure ex­pe­ri­ence pays off

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

PAUL TIS­DALE hopes Ex­eter can use the bitter mem­o­ries of last year’s play-off pain to fire them­selves into League One.

The Gre­cians face Coven­try in the League Two play-off fi­nal this af­ter­noon, 12 months af­ter suf­fer­ing a Wem­b­ley de­feat to Black­pool at the same stage.

Man­ager Tis­dale has also ex­pe­ri­enced vic­tory and de­feat in the Na­tional League play-off fi­nal dur­ing his 12 years in charge of the Devon club.

Asked what his team could take from last sea­son’s dis­ap­point­ment, he said: “The ex­pe­ri­ence of it. The ex­pe­ri­ence of the buildup, the lo­gis­tics, the prepa­ra­tions and the ex­pe­ri­ence of how it felt at the end when we lost.

“Don’t for­get, we have been there be­fore. We have been there be­fore at Ex­eter in the Con­fer­ence days twice, winning and los­ing, so I think I have got the full spec­trum of emotions.

“So we will take as much of that as we can in our man­age­ment room and in our prepa­ra­tions but ul­ti­mately the key is when the play­ers play they are not think­ing about any of those things, they are just think­ing about con­trol­ling the ball, head­ing the ball, tack­ling their op­po­nent and beat­ing their op­po­site number in the next four or five sec­onds.

“That is what it will boil down to.”

Op­po­nents Coven­try, who will be backed by an army of al­most 35,000 fans, are hop­ing to bounce back to the third tier at the first time of ask­ing fol­low­ing last year’s rel­e­ga­tion.

Mark Robins’s Sky Blues fin­ished the league cam­paign in sixth po­si­tion, five points and two places be­low Ex­eter.

Robins, a for­mer team-mate of Tis­dale’s at Greek club Pan­io­n­ios, has urged his play­ers to rel­ish the oc­ca­sion of playing at the na­tional sta­dium, in spite of the pres­sure.

“It does all come down to this, it is as simple as that, but it is ex­cit­ing isn’t it?” he said.

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