Tisdale set to name unchanged Exeter side to face Bradford City
PAUL Tisdale has said there is a 'good chance' he will name an unchanged side for Exeter City's match against Bradford City on Saturday.
The City boss and his players have been left buoyed by two good performances last week, which saw the Grecians pick up four points at St James's Park with a victory over AFC Wimbledon and a draw against high-flying Fleetwood Town.
However, it is this upturn in form that has given the manager plenty to think about ahead of this weekend's match.
"There is always more than one topic whenever you are selecting a team," said Tisdale. "Previous results are obviously very relevant because it shows your form and your confidence. The fact that we have had a good week, last week, with two decent performances would suggest that those players would be in the frame to start again."
Tisdale added that he would have to look at Bradford and the way they play and see if he needed to change anything in order to give his side the best chance of getting a result.
Bradford currently sit fourth in the table and have netted an average of two goals a game at the Coral Windows Stadium this season. City enjoyed success away from home early in the season by adopting a 4-5-1 formation. It saw them win four of their first five away games and with Bradford's attacking threat it could well be argued a return to the 4-5-1 formation would suit the trip to West Yorkshire.
However, the last two games saw Tisdale move John O'Flynn up front to partner Jamie Cureton in a 4-3-1-2 line-up. That has also proved fruitful and Tisdale says it has presented him with a dilemma.
"If you want to change the system you play sometimes you are lucky enough that the players that you have got can adapt perfectly to that system. Sometimes, the players can't. Whether or not we will play the same system (that started against Fleetwood) is one of the debates we will have this week. I'm not going to tell anybody until 2pm on Saturday, but they are decisions to be made. And they are good decisions, off the back off two good performances and good play. That is always the kind of decision you want as a manager."
If there are any changes to be made on Saturday though, one player who is likely to keep his place in the side is O'Flynn. Having come into the starting line-up for the AFC Wimbledon match, the former Cork City forward rewarded his manager's faith with two man-of-the-match awards and two goals.
"He is the ultimate player, John. He does the selfless jobs and he is very, very dedicated to becoming the best player he can be. He looks to be confident at the moment. He is fit and mobile and he is extremely determined to do well. We have not had a front runner, who runs and puts people under pressure and plays with the kind of endurance thatJohn does for a long time. He is a good foil for some of the other players in the team. I am pleased he has done well the last couple of games. He has been very patient and he is deserving of his opportunity in the team at present."
Predicted City line up: Krysiak, Tully, Coles, Baldwin, Woodman, Sercombe, Oakley, Bennett, Gow, Cureton, O'Flynn.