Tisdale calls for more purpose

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale was disappointed with his side’s

display and felt they lacked purpose in the 1-1 draw with York.

The Grecians equalised seven minutes from time when John O’Flynn

side-footed in a cross from Matt Oakley. Earlier, Michael Coulson

opened the scoring in the 52nd minute after slotting home a pass

from Jonathan Smith.

“I am pleased that we got a point from where we were, but I am

disappointed with our purpose overall,” said Tisdale. “I am happy

with the last 25 minutes, but we lacked purpose until that


“I don’t think we played badly and we weren’t lacking in energy

or commitment. We just didn’t mean it enough when we were moving


“We had the same team playing as last week (a 4-2 win at Oxford)

but an away game is very different to a home game. We played with a

lot of purpose in the first game of the season, but found ourselves

3-0 down after half an hour.

“There are actions and consequences off the back of that

experience and I think the players perhaps wanted to ease

themselves into the game. I see no harm in that, but we should also

recognise that there needed to be more purpose.”