Paul Tisdale admits that he was disappointed to have seen his Exeter City side exit the Capital One Cup, despite giving Sunderland a huge scare.In a dramatic match, the two sides went in at half-time with the score locked at 3-3, but the Black Cats’ quality eventually told.
A Jermain Defoe hat-trick, a brace from Jack Rodwell and a Duncan Watmore goal put them into the next round of the competition, but Tisdale still was proud of his team.
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"It was a pulsating game," the 42-year-old manager said to Exeter’s official site. “My optimism for the result kept going up and down. When I put in my team sheet before the game, I felt that it was a very strong side.
"Coming in at 3-3 at half-time, having played particularly well, that changed. If it wasn't for Jermain Defoe, I think things would have been a lot different, because he was a different level to the football that we normally play. He contributed to those three goals in the first half significantly.
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"Amazingly, we come out of the game disappointed. We almost feel as if we let them off the hook a little, and their fourth and fifth goal were defensively weak for us, or by anyone else's standards.
“I'm very proud of the way we played, and we do pride ourselves on being able to play good football, and we were playing against a good football team on a good surface and had a chance to show what we could do. I think we displayed today that we have a good team, and I'm so proud but equally disappointed that we've lost."
Sunderland will go on to play Manchester City at home in Round 3 of the Capital One Cup, with the games taking place in the week commencing 21st September 2015.
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