Tisdale wants more from Grecians

Paul Tisdale: Expects more from senior players

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Exeter boss Paul Tisdale admits a number of senior players in his squad need to step up their performances in the coming weeks.

The Grecians lost 2-1 to Bristol Rovers on Saturday, their fourth defeat in five, and once again their homegrown trio of Scot Bennett, Matt Grimes and Tom Nichols were the star performers.

But a number of the experienced squad members were outshone by their inexperienced team-mates and Tisdale is looking for them to add more value - starting with the visit of Morecambe on Saturday.

"Every now and then you go through a run of these results and we are going through it," Tisdale admitted. "It's not particularly pleasant but there were again some great performances from the young players out there that gives us plenty of optimism.

"Bennett and Grimes were fantastic again and Nichols is getting better by the game. So I've got no grumbles with them.

"The players within the group are responsible for their jobs and for what they do. They are at a club where there is not wholesale changes when we lose a few games - we commit to a contract and see it through.

"I hope they don't take that for granted and abuse that. It has not happened before and I don't think they are doing that now but it is the case that the more senior players need to add the most value, and maybe they are not at the moment."

Tisdale also confirmed that substituting captain Danny Coles' in the second half was always his intention as the former Hull man returns to full fitness after a month on the sidelines.

"It was pre-planned", he said. "He hadn't trained for four weeks so it was a tough ask. It was something we decided before the game."