Football - Tis heartened by cup loss

Exeter boss Paul Tisdale was heartened by his League Two team's performance in their 2-0 loss at Peterborough and felt they should have been awarded a penalty just before Posh hit the front.

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Tisdale is convinced skipper Danny Coles was held back by a home player when attempting to meet a Craig Woodman free-kick with the score at 0-0.

Posh loanee Hogan Ephraim played a part in the game's opener on his debut, helping tee up record signing Britt Assombalonga to tap in his first goal in 10 games in the 72nd minute.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing climbed off the bench to score for the second time this season as the Grecians suffered yet another early cup exit.

Tisdale said: "Naturally I'm disappointed not to have a cup run again.

"We put a lot of preparation into the game and applied ourselves well. We played very competently and built our performance nicely during the game.

"We had a good spell prior to Peterborough going ahead and what I thought was a strong penalty shout when Danny was pulled to the ground.

"As well as we played, you have to pack a punch to win games and Peterborough did that."

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