Exeter City manager, Paul Tisdale, was pleased with his side's performance as the Grecians began their Sky Bet League Two season with a 1-0 win over Cambridge United.
Reuben Reid’s second-minute goal was the difference between the two sides, but City dominated the first half, and were unfortunate not to be more than one goal ahead going into the break.
Chances fell for the likes of Liam McAlinden and Lloyd James, but the Grecians held out against a United side that rallied in the second half which meant City had to defend resolutely.
After the match, Tis said: “The performance was certainly in a bracket that would warrant the result. I thought we were very committed, quick to the ball and aggressive in our approach. Our play was purposeful.
“I’d like to think we could have got a second goal, but we expected the onslaught but we hung on. There were some big defensive performances out there, and right across the board it was a really good day for us.”
Tis praised the attacking play of the City forwards, particularly Liam McAlinden who was a consistent threat for the Grecians.
He continued: “The front three played really well today. They upset the back four of Cambridge.
“Lloyd James also got in and probably had the best chance, David Wheeler then hit the post with the header and in the second half Liam McAlinden had another good opportunity.
“You just think I hope it won’t be one of those days where you rue a miss and then you get caught out. Fortunately, Pierce Sweeney made a good challenge in the six-yard box to clear”
The City boss was keen for his players to replicate the similar tone and spirit that saw them through to the play-offs last season.
He said: “The tone and the purpose needs to be the same. Wherever we play, home or away, we need to keep the purpose that we developed last year.”