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Tisdale: Play-offs still to play for

14 April 2013

Exeter boss Paul Tisdale insists all is not lost in his side's promotion push despite twice being pegged back by AFC Wimbledon to share the spoils in a 2-2 draw.

The Grecians twice took the lead through 18-year-old Jamie Reid, making his full debut, but twice the struggling Londoners hit back through Luke Moore.

With Bradford denied all three points at the death by Chesterfield, the Grecians would have moved up into the play-off places but instead sit a point behind the Bantams having played a game more.

But Tisdale is adamant his side can still reach League One, especially if Reid continues that kind of goalscoring form.

"I'm not (happy with a point) because we needed a win, but I'm sure that Neal (Ardley, Dons boss) isn't happy either," he said.

"There was a huge amount of effort from the players, a total commitment from both sides and horrendous conditions. You won't see a more bumpy pitch than that one we played on.

"It was just a really hard game of football. We are still in it. We have still got a chance so I have to thank the players and the fans for a huge effort."

And Ardley hailed the battling character of his side for twice coming from behind to grab a point.

"We always knew it was going to be a really difficult game to play because we knew Exeter would come to win. It was win or bust for them and that's always tricky to play against," Ardley said.

"It was probably a great game for the neutral but it wasn't a great game for me and I think I'll find a few grey hairs in the morning. But I can't fault the lads. That to me looked like a team absolutely fighting for everything and that's all I can ask of them."

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