Date: 26th August 2015 at 5:15pm
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Manager Paul Tisdale has said he felt Exeter were very unlucky not to win the Capital One Cup second round tie against Sunderland last night.

A thrilling match saw us go into the half time break tied at three all, but their quality shone through in the end with a six three win, but Tisdale knows with a bit more luck on the day given our application and attitude, we could well have caused a shock.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, the gaffer explained his delight and also disappointment.

‘It was a pulsating game and my optimism for the result kept going up and down. When I put in my team sheet before the game, I felt that it was a very strong side, even though it was a side depleted by injury after what was our sixth game in the space of two weeks. Coming in at 3-3 at half-time, having played particularly well, that changed. If it wasn’t for Jermain Defoe, I think things would have been a lot different, because he was a different level to the football that we normally play. He contributed to those three goals in the first half significantly.’

Tisdale went on to say that maybe ‘amazingly’ we come out of the game against Premier League opponents with a real sense of disappointment.

‘We almost feel as if we let them off the hook a little, and their fourth and fifth goal were defensively weak for us, or by anyone else’s standards. I’m very proud of the way we played, and we do pride ourselves on being able to play good football, and we were playing against a good football team on a good surface and had a chance to show what we could do. We came without four or five players who arguably would have been selected if they’d been fit, so we had to use the squad, and I think we displayed today that we have a good team, and I’m so proud but equally disappointed that we’ve lost.’

Difficult to call it, the side did excellently to come back into it from two nil down and then to level by half time, and the heads didn’t drop with that fight back or the second half showing but as you’d expect they had more of the ball and they had more chances but one of those where if we’d have got the fourth goal first – especially with the last few season’s they’ve had, maybe it would’ve tipped it in Exeter’s favour and the doubt really crept in for them?

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