Date: 26th January 2015 at 3:13pm
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Manager Paul Tisdale has said he felt that a score draw against Oxford at the weekend was probably a fair reflection on the balance of the game but he was gutted to see them level the match at the end of the game.

Speaking to the Official Site following the two all draw, the gaffer explained.

‘I thought a draw was probably fair, so I don’t decry them a point out of the game. It’s just disappointing to lose a late goal, but it was a fair result really. It’s not always about winning the game in the first half – it’s about whether you see what you need to do to win the game. I think by half time we had a fair idea of what we needed to do.’

Tisdale says that for him the fact we ‘didn’t expand’ ourselves in the first half, and take our chances then, doesn’t necessarily mean it was a poor performance or that we didn’t do well enough in the opening period, as he felt we played okay and we were sussing them out and we put that into practice in the second half, but of course Oxford has chances of their own.

‘I think Oxford would have been very disappointed to have lost the game with that late goal – of course it feels really disappointing to concede a late goal, but it was probably a fair result. You still feel terrible at the end though.’

The draw of course sees us drop a place in League Two, but we are now level on points with the two sides immediately above us – including Bury who sit in the final play off place, and we host them in a fortnight so that result could be key.

‘It’s a long season and there are still plenty of games to go. But if we’re in every single game and we’ve got a chance to win or be part of every game, then we’re going to be reasonably close to it by the end. Hopefully we won’t go into too many last ten minutes of games when we’re out of it, but there’s a long way to go yet.’

Midfielder Aaron Davies also talked about his disappointment at conceding the late goal, having got our noses in front at the death, but said there were positives we could take from the game and that’s what we had to focus on.

‘It’s gutting – to go two one up with two or three minutes left to go, the lads were absolutely buzzing. We just had to see the game out and clear the ball and get it anywhere except where it went. We needed to get it out of the box and into their half somehow. To be fair to their lad, he put it into the only place he could have put it – it hit the inside of the post and went in, so it was gutting. But we’ve got to stay positive – obviously we’ll be down now, but come Monday we’ve got to be at it again.’