Grecians' manager is proud of his players for perfect execution of master-plan
EXETER CITY manager Paul Tisdale praised his players for executing the perfect game plan which resulted in a 2-1 win at Fleetwood Town.
Just a week ago, the City chief was disappointed in his team for not carrying out instructions as they went down to a home defeat to Newport County.
But despite being best by injuries for the long trip north, City went with a plan and everything fell into place with Scot Bennett emerging as the unlikely hero with both Exeter goals.
"It's a fantastic win for us," Tisdale said. "I said last week that the players didn't play to plan, but today, they played to plan to the nth degree and they got what they deserved. They were impeccable.
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"That is not to say that they didn't make mistakes with the ball, or make a few bad passes or mis-control it, but I'm not judging them on that. I am judging them on whether they played to plan and they were absolutely spot on with it.
"Even when we went a goal down, I still felt we had something in us. I am very proud of them."
Best by injuries, City went into the game trying out a new system with three centre halves. That changed to a 4-3-3 on the hour mark when Tisdale went for the jugular and he could not have been happier at the way things turned out.
Tisdale added: "I thought that if we started with that attacking formation and style, we had no back up for it and I didn't think we had the energy to do it for 95 minutes, so we wanted to get to the hour mark and then go more attacking.
"Scot Bennett is proving to be a very valuable player, he has played in three different positions for us this season and to play them like he does is superb. He plays them all very well and he was deserving of his two goals.
"Alan delivered the two crosses for the goals and we had put him into that wide left position."
Tisdale added: "We played very deep in the first half and completely prevented the forward movement of Fleetwood and Alan was always our pass.
"They had crosses, corners and shots in the first half, we had our counter-attacking and although it didn't come to anything with corners or shots to speak of, we were always looking threatening through Alan, so he had a very big influence on the game.
"It was a five-man defence there in the first half and we had Arron Davies playing out of position at right-back up against their wide left player and Craig Woodman played up against their wide right player, so that gave us three centre-halves.
"Although that sounds a bit odd because they played with one striker, it just meant that their midfield players had nowhere to run and our midfield players could hold the middle of the pitch and we could break.
"It was something that we discussed over the last 24 hours and it doesn't always work to play, but today, we scored the goals that meant we came out of the game with a positive result.
"It is not the way in which we will go forward, I will always take it game by game and we will see who I have available to pick from next week before we decide what we are going to do."
The next game for Exeter is the Devon derby with Plymouth Argyle at St James' Park next Saturday, which kicks off at 1pm. Tisdale is keen for as many City fans to turn out as possible.
"It will be a completely different game, I can assure you of that. Hopefully it will be the same result!
"It's our big derby and I am sure the supporters are looking forward to it."