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Paul Tisdale proud of battle Exeter City

8 March 2014

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale was pleased with the performance of his side as they rescued a 2-2 draw with an injury-time equaliser against Dagenham and Redbridge.

The Grecians looked to be on course for another defeat before Eliot Richards capitalised on goalkeeper Chris Lewington's fumble to bundle the ball home.

Tom Nichols had given Exeter the lead but Dagenham hit back early in the second half through Luke Norris and a contentious penalty scored by Medy Elito.

"It was a really good game of football and possibly our best performance at home probably since the autumn," Tisdale said. "I am really, really proud of the players and I know we scored late, but my God did we deserve a draw. It would have been a travesty if we had drawn the game.

"I like them (Dagenham), I like the way they play and the way their manager conducts himself and I thought it was difficult for both teams in very difficult conditions, with the pitch very bumpy and the mud beginning to go quite hard.

"But I thought our players were terrific considering, they gave absolutely everything and were tough and I would have been feeling particularly sorry for myself had we lost the game.

"The penalty sums up our season really, we don't seem to get any decisions. Perhaps it's the way we conduct ourselves.

"We had such a good couple of days leading up to the game as a squad, it would have been a real kick in the teeth if we had lost the game."

Dagenham boss Wayne Burnett said the point was a tough one to swallow for his side.

"Being 2-1 up with 90 seconds to go, is a bit hard to take, but it is football, you have to accept it," he said.

"I said to the players 'be disappointed with the result but don't be disappointed with the performance'. We have got another game on Tuesday and we have to go again.

"It is not an easy place to come to. I know they have not been on the best of runs of late but I have got a lot of time for Paul Tisdale. He has done an exceptional job at this club, they produce players and continue to produce winning teams.

"I felt we played quite well. We moved the ball well but relinquished possession a little bit too easily. It was a decent match, it was nice to watch two teams try and pass the ball and play football in the right way.

"They scored late on and they will feel like it was a winner. We came here to win, we set out to win the game. The first half we were better than them, we had the better chances and looked more threatening."


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