Date: 18th October 2009 at 7:42pm
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Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale said he was proud of his players despite Saturday`s heavy 3-0 defeat at Walsall.

In a bemusing interview with BBC Radio Devon, Tisdale said the performance “was at times excellent, at times outstanding”. Walsall could consider themselves fortunate to lead 2-0 at half time, but the Grecians, whilst good in the opening half hour, were hardly excellent or outstanding. There were no chances of sort inside the box, with Ryan Harley only threatening the Saddlers goal with a couple of superb efforts from long range.

And whilst offended is too strong a word, Tisdale seemed somewhat defensive when asked what he would say to the players in respect to conceding seven goals over the last two games. “There`s nothing to say” the City boss remarked. “They were outstanding, and it was a fantastic performance”, he added. I`m going to get on the bus and have a cup of tea, go home, and have a really enjoyable day tomorrow because my team has performed today”. This was certainly a highly peculiar response from Tisdale. Perhaps he believes the best way of stemming falling confidence is by praising his team.

Nethertheless, I`m sure many of the City fans that were at the Banks`s stadium yesterday will disagree with Tisdale`s outlook on the game. A 3-0 defeat can`t equate to an outstanding performance. City failed to create any golden opportunities and defensive mistakes were made for the goals. The second half performance was poor. A good stretch of play for the opening half an hour but without creating any clear cut chances doesn`t translate to an outstanding performance over the 90 minutes. It is in fact one of City`s problems that they can`t put in a good performance for the entirety of a game, and patchy performances will be punished in this league. But whatever Tisdale thought of the performance, a result is needed at home to Wycombe next Saturday.