Sunday, 9 August 2009

Pipped at the post

So near and yet so far. Realistically, Exeter City should be pleased with going to Leeds and coming away having lost 2-1 only in the last few minutes -- and with a man short, after a sending-off. A couple of seasons ago, a fixture and a result like this would have been unimaginable. And on the day it could so easily have been a draw away at Elland Road. But Paul Tisdale is probably still disappointed and dissatisfied, albeit with no intention of losing his cool or getting it out of perspective. It’s exactly those qualities that have made him such an immensely successful manager with the Grecians since he arrived (on a wave of mild scepticism) from Team Bath, of course. If City can play like this against a side fancied as Championship contenders, it ought to be a fair term for them. But it’s far to early for chickens and their counting.

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