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Tisdale lambasts St James' Park playing surface

Tisdale lambasts St James' Park playing surface

Paul Tisdale has blamed the state of Exeter City`s pitch as to one of the reasons behind their poor home form.

City are seeking legal advice about the condition of their pitch which is only in its first season of use.

Four defeats in a row marks the Grecians worst run at home for two-and-a-half-years.

Speaking to thisisexeter.co.uk Tisdale said:

'It is very difficult to play here. We are a team built for football and you can't play football here,'

'The issue is that we are the home side and the onus is on us to make the play. But this is definitely an easier place to play away than it is to play at home.

'It is no surprise that for four years our home form has been 50 per cent better than our away form, but at this particular juncture it is 50 per cent the other way. No surprise whatsoever.

'This is a very hard place to make the play. It is a place for sitting and counter-attacking because when you try and make the play you spread out and leave yourself open. It is impossible for our defence to get it right.

'We are built to play football and we are having to change our game in every home match at the moment because we can't play. It is a real shame.

'This year we have won six games at home and nine away - there are clues as to why that is.

'It is hugely frustrating because we want to play our normal game here and we can't. But we are just getting on with it because there is nothing we can do to change it.'

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Writer:Kithson Bain
Date:Monday February 28 2011
Time: 4:40PM

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