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Tis Delighted At Response

22 August 2012

Organised, responsible with a bit of football

Following a hugely disappointing opening day defeat to Morecambe, manager Paul Tisdale has expressed his delight at the response his players delivered.

Last night’s 2-1 victory represented the Grecians’ first away win over Aldershot since Boxing Day 1989 and their first away victory since 7th January.

Tisdale explained the effect the 3-0 loss to Morecambe on Saturday had on his side going into a tough away game, saying: "I think everyone felt so low after Saturday's home defeat that tonight was vital that we at least played well and got something.

"I wasn't expecting a hangover, I expected, like Saturday for us to start the game focused and determined.

"We played in a very organised, responsible way, with a bit of football - especially from Alan Gow and Jamie Cureton."

Cureton’s two-goal haul sealed victory against the Shots, but his 14th minute opener was almost immediately cancelled out by Craig Reid.

Subsequently, Tisdale has also praised his team’s tenacity, especially with Aldershot’s quality from free kicks.

“There‘s a number of ways to deal with free kicks, it's not just above being brave and heading it," he explained. “We did better in the second half, and we were a bit more clever in the way we defended it.

“We all knew that we had a chance to break and score. Liam Sercombe had his best game. "I have to say, the performances from Scot Bennett and Tommy Doherty were in the first half were very good.”

This result lifts Exeter from the bottom of the entire Football League into 13th place ahead of the long trip to Accrington Stanley on Saturday afternoon - a game you can hear live on Grecian Player.

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