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Exeter boss relishing challenge

Paul Tisdale
Tisdale joined Exeter as manager in 2007

Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale has said the challenge of League One football will take some getting used to.

The Grecians have lost both of their opening fixtures this term, including a 5-0 loss to QPR in the Carling Cup.

Tisdale told BBC Devon: "We're going to be stretched and we're going to have weaknesses highlighted because of the the level we're playing at now."

"It's going to be a fast learning curve, but I think we're up to the challenge," he added.

Exeter face Norwich at St James Park on Saturday, with the Canaries coming off the back of a 4-0 Carling Cup win against Yeovil.

We have to remain competitive even if we are having our limits pushed

Paul Tisdale

Tisdale said: "It's all coming thick and fast and we just need to make sure we don't get damaged mentally by losing a couple of games.

"The beauty of getting promoted is that you go up against teams that are better than the league you were in before, so it's a problem that we want to have."

Just like the Grecians, Norwich have been on the end of a big defeat this season, losing their first league game 7-1 against Colchester last Saturday.

But Tisdale has warned his players not to pay much attention to that scoreline.

He added: "Norwich are a terrific team with good players and we should read very little into last week's result because they beat Yeovil 4-0 on Tuesday, so which one do you take?

"We'll have the upmost respect for them but there's no reason why we can't get a win."

The Exeter boss said one thing he does want to change is to ensure that his side play for 90 minutes with 11 men.

Scott Golbourne was sent off against QPR, with Barry Corr dismissed last weekend at Leeds United.

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"We've not yet played a game with a full team for 90 minutes so that's made life harder for us," Tisdale said.

"But the players have to be resilient and we have to remain competitive even if we are having our limits pushed.

"Whilst we remain competitive it buys us time to come up with a strategy to start being successful," he concluded.



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see also
Exeter 0-5 QPR
11 Aug 09 |  League Cup
Exeter boss upbeat despite defeat
10 Aug 09 |  Exeter
Leeds 2-1 Exeter
08 Aug 09 |  League One


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