Paul Tisdale: Sunderland game 'as different as playing rugby''

Sunderland match like 'playing rugby'

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says his side's League Cup game against Premier League Sunderland will be as different as 'playing rugby' compared to life in League Two.

Exeter are in the second round for just the second time in 17 years.

"Playing a game against a team from the top league is as much a different sport as if we were playing rugby," he said.

"It's a different rhythm in the game, different requirements, but we're as able as any to give it a good crack."

City set up the match after beating Swindon Town earlier this month, and faced a Liverpool side that included the likes of Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson when they last reached the second round in 2011.

Exeter and Sunderland
The two clubs have only met four times all in cup competitions
In 1931 Exeter drew 1-1 at Roker Park in the FA Cup before losing 4-2 in the replay
Exeter again managed a draw in 1989 in the League Cup, when they held Sunderland to a 2-2 draw before losing 5-2 in the replay

"I'd like to think we could give a good account of ourselves, I wouldn't say for one minute we're favourites to win the game, but it's to be enjoyed," Tisdale added to BBC South West.

"We're playing against a team where we have nothing to lose and we've had a good three weeks since the start of the season."

Exeter expect up to 500 supporters to make the six-hour, 364-mile journey to the Stadium of Light.

"It's the sort of game Exeter supporters often rally round and make an effort for," Tisdale said.

"I've heard lots of supporters making comments that they're going to make the effort and take time off work and that's great.

"You don't play at the Stadium of Light every week and we're really looking forward to the game. Hopefully we can give them something to cheer about."