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Tis: We stuck to our task

Paul Tisdale gave his reaction to City's 3-1 win over Forest Green Rovers

9 September 2017

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale praised his side’s disciplined performance after they secured a 3-1 away win over Forest Green Rovers.

An early goal from Pierce Sweeney and two goals from Reuben Reid made the difference for the Grecians in tough weather conditions against a Forest Green side who provided a tough test at times.

Shamir Mullings pulled one back late in the second half, but the City defence held firm to seal the victory which keeps the club top of Sky Bet League Two.

Tis said: “I thought we were disciplined, and workman like. We were pragmatic and practical and quick to the ball. We were nothing sparkling but it was a good team effort.”

Tis also praised the way that City started the match, as Sweeney struck inside three minutes to give the Grecians an early advantage.

He continued: “It’s a better way to start the game than to concede but I think we had a good mind-set about us in the first few minutes.

“They passed the ball really well and I’m sure they’ll find their feet. They’ve got a nice pattern to the way they play but when you go two goals behind it’s always a tough task to come back from.

"We stuck to our task, there was no reluctance to do the basics well and work hard for each other."

Tis also hoped that Liam McAlinden, who limped off with a knee injury, will recover in good time as the Grecians set their sights on a visit to Barnet on Tuesday night.

He said: “Liam was about to come off anyway as we had Jayden Stockley ready to come on, and I’m hoping it is nothing sinister.”

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