Exeter boss Paul Tisdale is delighted with 'fabulous' goals
EXETER CITY manager Paul Tisdale was thrilled with three high-quality goals which were enough to see off Plymouth Argyle in Saturday's Devon derby.
A thumping shot from Arron Davies, a piece of individual brilliance by Alan Gow and a superb counter-attacking goal finished well by Scot Bennett did the damage for the Grecians in their 3-1 League Two win.
"I am very proud of the players and pleased with the win. It was a really good game, actually, and it sounds a bit obvious to sound so pleased after a win, but I am," Tisdale said.
"It's nice to win a derby because we haven't won one for a while, and this is our second one of the season if you include Bristol Rovers. We weren't particularly great last year and it was nice to win it with three fabulous goals – all three were superb finishes.
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"Arron Davies' and Alan Gow's goals were sublime. Arron's should give him the world of confidence and I think that is symptomatic of a player that is on top of his game.
"Alan's was the perfect curling lob into the far corner, wasn't it? He has been threatening to do that for a while and has been due one of those. It was a really good finish."
However, it was the finish of makeshift striker Bennett – pushed forward due to injuries to both John O'Flynn and Sam Parkin, that pleased the City boss most.
"All three were great finishes, but the one that pleased me most was Scot Bennett's because he showed such calmness," he said. "There aren't many strikers that don't take the shot and stop the ball dead and do what he did. It was such a composed finish.
"It all opened up in the last 10 minutes, at times he has an awkward running gait, but he is fit and strong and he has a real talent for moving at the right time.
"Being quick and moving at the wrong time is no good, I thought he could have got on the end of a couple of crosses in the first half, he was certainly very close to them.
"But I am so pleased for him because he put a big shift in and that is the type of versatility we need in our squad.
"Parkin and O'Flynn – our two main out-and-out strikers – were out and to have someone like Scot who is able to do that is a real asset. He has given us another striking option to our squad, really."
After Luke Young had equalised for the Pilgrims, it looked very much like the game could end in a draw – until Gow, a former Pilgrim, struck just seven minutes from time.
"There were 20 to 25 minutes to go, it was 1-1, they had just come back into it and had the momentum with the goal and the confidence and we had to hang on for four or five minutes," Tisdale said.
"But I think the subtle change of Jimmy Keohane for Tommy Doherty worked well for us. It would have been very easy to hang on at that point, but we made an offensive change and it just gave us a chance in the game.
"It could have gone either way, but you have to believe that, if you are positive more than you are negative, you will get what you deserve. The team were great and the whole day has gone very well. Everyone in an Exeter shirt was a winner."