Brian Laws on Exeter Defeat

Last updated : 16 January 2002 By Roving Reporter

Reflecting the views of many of the home fans Lawsy told BBC Radio Humberside, "I was disappointed losing the game like that but I think on the day we didn't deserve to win the game.

"I think we defended as poorly as we could have

“We have gifted the first goal and we stood off so deep it was unbelievable for the other goals, if you defend like that it puts everyone on the back foot.

“Exeter worked hard and Roberts caused us a problem which I thought was unnecessary."

The manager now feels that it is time to make some changes at the back, with McCombe likely to be rested for a time.

“We said that Jamie McCombe was going to come in and make mistakes. He has had a bad day," he added.

"It is now my job to probably say he needs a rest. We have got a lot out of him in a short space of time, he was showing signs of nervousness at Bristol Rovers in the early stages of the game and I think teams are playing on it.

“We are not just blaming Jamie McCombe for that defeat there were other aspects of our game that were poor.

“The shot in the last minute summed up our night, it deflected off Mark Jackson to take it past Tommy Evans:it was going to be an easy save but the deflection has taken it into the top corner.

“I would have settled for a draw at that period of time because even if we had got a draw I would have said it was a point gained because I didn’t think we deserved it.

“It was credit to the side for battling back from 3-1 down but overall our passing wasn’t sharp enough, we weren’t quick enough into the tackle and we were second best in a lot of areas on the night.”