Exeter City vs Lincoln City - Tisdale avoids mind games as Exeter take on Lincoln for play-off spot

Posted Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by PA

Exeter City vs Lincoln City - Tisdale avoids mind games as Exeter take on Lincoln for play-off spot

Exeter boss Paul Tisdale does not believe his team are under any added pressure ahead of the home leg of their League Two play-off semi-final against Lincoln.

The Grecians, beaten by Blackpool in last year’s final at Wembley, recorded a goalless draw in Saturday’s first game at Sincil Bank.

Tisdale feels both teams will feel the weight of expectation and said there is no need for such mind games.

“I think we put pressure on ourselves and I’m not going to try and deflect it or come up with any kidology, I don’t think there’s any need for that,” said Tisdale, who hopes to have centre-back Troy Brown fit again on Thursday night.

“We both want to win, we both have pressure we put on our own teams and we challenge ourselves to do well and both sets of players want to do well and better themselves with a promotion.

“So it’s a big game and I don’t think there’s any games won at this stage by trying to play the ‘who’s got the pressure on more’ card. We’ll do our bit and we’ll be hopefully at 100 per cent and do our very best.”

By contrast, Lincoln boss Danny Cowley has repeated his thought that the Imps are the underdogs in the tie.

He highlighted Exeter’s impressive record at St James, which saw them win 15 of their 23 home games during the league season – including a 1-0 victory against Lincoln in August.

“We’re really respectful of Exeter and their home form,” said Cowley at his pre-match press conference.

“We enjoy being the underdog. It’s a position we’ve been in often this season and we’ve been successful.”

Lincoln hope to have midfielder Lee Frecklington and left-back Sam Habergham back in the squad following injury.

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