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Tis: The supporters gave us a lift

Paul Tisdale addressed the media following his side's win over Swindon Town

24 March 2018

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale praised the City fans for their support as the Grecians beat Swindon Town 3-1 in Sky Bet League Two at St James Park.

Despite falling behind to a Kaiyne Woolery goal in the first-half, the home side rallied and levelled through Jake Taylor before Pierce Sweeney put City in front from the penalty spot.

Jayden Stockley then made the points safe for Tisdale’s side when he finished well late on as the Grecians continue their push for promotion.

On the supporters, Tis said: “It was a really good atmosphere today. It was a misty, damp day which created a starting point for the atmosphere.

“I thought the supporters today, right from the start, were energetic and noisy and gave us a lift today. Let’s have more of that because it made such a difference.”

Tis was also quick to praise his squad for the victory, particularly considering key players in Jordan Moore-Taylor, Troy Brown, Ryan Harley and Lee Holmes all missed out through injury.

He continued: “We’ve come out with a 3-1 victory against a play-off challenger. It was a real dogged performance, we had players injured today. Troy Brown and Jordan-Moore-Taylor at centre back, Lee Holmes and Ryan Harley were also missing, and I think we came through it really well.

“It was a battling performance, and even though they had much of the play, we defended our goal really well and took our chances."

Tis admitted that Phil Brown’s side were the better team in the first 20 minutes but credited his players for getting back into the match and taking their chances.

He said: “You can argue every single decision, but the fact of the matter is, they started the game better than us. We had to adjust how we were.

“We set our focus on defending really well, Jordan Storey was brilliant at the back, again, it looks like he’s played 105 games, not five. He had a back five there to support him, they all did their bit. Jake Taylor changed positions three or four times in the game just to help me get people in the right place and we took our goals today.”

City now set their sights on a Good Friday clash with Lincoln City away at Sincil Bank as they look to make it three consecutive wins, but Tis admits he is keen not to focus too much on the table and to take each game as it comes, he said: “I’m hesitating talking about points or where we are in the table, I’ve not mentioned it to the players.

“There are three points at stake every game and we have to aim for all of those points. There will be many a season when you look back on the last eight games and the table changes drastically, and we have to hope that can change for the benefit of us.”

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