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Gaffer Calls For Return To Winning Ways

Gaffer Calls For Return To Winning Ways

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale has called on the squad to start turning our positive performances of late back into positive results.

Our last three results have all yielded defeats, but there have been many positives from our level of performance and the showings we have put in, but it just hasn't been enough to actually take the result that we wanted, and Tisdale has now is the time to get us back on a winning streak and continue our good start to the season in the league as despite recent slip ups we still find ourselves nicely in sixth place.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the home encounter this weekend against Southend United, the boss said that finding the winning 'algorithm' to matches certainly wasn't easy in football as despite seeming like a very easy game on the face of it, there are so many different permutations that have to come together for success to occur and on that score it just hasn't gone for us of late, but he has confidence it will again sooner rather than later.

'When you have 22 players running around and all making different decisions and working on emotion and trying to do what they have been asked to do, in different degrees of confidence and physical ability - trying to put a formula to that is incredibly hard. It's an intellectual challenge which I don't think anyone can solve.'

Tisdale goes on to say that it's about making sure nobody has too many variables to focus on, so in effect you try and dumb things down and keep things as simple as you can as I suppose that points to all the scouting that goes on ahead of games where individual players are poured over and analysed, and what it comes down to in terms of individual battles on the pitch is you never tell your own player exactly what his opposite number can do or will do during the game, you simply focus on 'what' he is most likely to do most often in a given scenario so there isn't an information overload.

'My job is to reduce those variables by making certain things constant and to try to eliminate variables that we can't control. We had a good start to the season and won our first three at St James' but we've only won one of the last four home games. We've got a chance on Saturday to win again and I've got a few ideas, but you can play well and get it all right but still be affected by a mistake or bad refereeing decision, or a bobble or a beach ball.'

Clearly all of those things can affect a football match as he points out, although the beach ball scenario isn't a weekly event.

He says ultimately that's why so many love football because it is unpredictable and the cliché that the best team on the day will win couldn't be more wrong, because it's not always the best team that takes the points, it's the team who got that unpredictable luck.

Ahead of the game, he also says that Danny Butterfield is back in contention now and so is Alan Gow so as well as finally finding a rhythm in our performance levels, we are also almost back at full strength which can only be another positive when it comes to getting the results we want.



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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Friday November 15 2013
Time: 9:43PM

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