Exeter boss Paul Tisdale refuses to give up hope of escape

Paul Tisdale

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says he has not given up hope of his side avoiding relegation from League One.

They beat Walsall 4-2 on Saturday but still need to win their last two games and hope other results go their way.

"We all know that it's going to be highly unlikely, but until it's over, it's never over," he told BBC Devon.

"The way we've played in the last three games at home and the way we played away at Scunthorpe and Rochdale, you never know."

Tisdale's men have won two of their last three games and should also have beaten Rochdale, but threw away a two-goal lead with 10 minutes to go.

"We're putting form together now that I'd have hoped we'd have produced earlier," he said.

"It may be a bit late, but better late than never, and if we're going to lose games let's lose them playing well and it'll give us a morale boost going into next season."

City have scored nine goals in their last three matches and Tisdale says a settled midfield has helped.

"It's a little too late in the season, but it's the first time in a long time that I've had a steady midfield four to work with and Alan Gow has made a big difference to us.

"It's a little late, but were not down yet.

"It's getting more and more tough, we have to win every game, but I'm very pleased with the way we played, we certainly made it go our way."

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