‘We cannot start like that’ says Lewis Page as sloppiness costs Exeter dear

Exeter City defender Lewis Page admitted that they ‘cannot start games likes that’ as sloppiness cost them in their 2-0 defeat to Morecambe.

Adam Phillips’ penalty gave the visitors to St James Park a ninth minute lead on Tuesday night, before Cole Stockton sealed the game on the break midway through the second half.

And while the Shrimps rarely threatened the Grecians goal, Page admitted that the two they did score were down to the sloppiness of City’s play which led to their undoing.

Manager Matt Taylor was forced into a double substitution 20 minutes into the game and a change of shape to give the City defence a chance to cope, and Page said that the players know they have to start games better.

“We started the game a bit sloppy and we can’t start like that,” Page said. “Going 1-0 down early puts us in a bad position and under a bit of pressure as we are going for the goal and then left ourselves open and the second goal goes in.

“Had we cut it out, they wouldn’t have had anything there. They didn’t feel like they threatened us too much but it was off our undoing for the chances.”

Lewis Page of Exeter City challenges for the ball with John O'Sullivan of Morecambe during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Morecambe at St James Park, Exeter on 26 Jan. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK
Lewis Page of Exeter City challenges for the ball with John O’Sullivan of Morecambe during the Sky Bet League 2 Match between Exeter City and Morecambe at St James Park, Exeter on 26 Jan. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK
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On a night where City, for all their possession, rarely tested Jokull Andresson in their visiting goal, one of the best chances fell to Page, whose 25 yards drive was tipped around the post, and the left-back added: “We couldn’t get the shots off. We were in and around the right areas but it got blocked or stubbed out a bit, and it was a bit frustrating and wasn’t meant to be tonight.”

City have now slipped to ninth in the table, and face a long trip to Carlisle United on Saturday, with the Cumbrians sitting sixth despite not playing since January 2 due to a combination of Covid-19 and the weather.

On the games, Page said: “We need to win that game. We missed there points tonight so it is important to get them on Saturday.”

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