Superb debut for Grimes gave fans cause for optimism at home
There is certainly a new sense of optimism for Exeter City supporters as the working week reaches a close and thoughts turn to a Saturday afternoon at St James' Park after two excellent wins on home soil so far this season.
The 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers on the opening day of the season meant so much more than Exeter picking up three points.
It got their season up and running with immediate effect and it put to bed a few issues that had hung over the club from last season.
Much was made of Exeter's poor record in derby matches (only two points gleaned from a possible 24 against Argyle, Torquay, Bristol Rovers and Cheltenham) so the fact the victory came against a Westcountry "derby" rival and in front of a big crowd ended that particular hoodoo.
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Home form was, of course, a constant source of frustration to everyone connected to the club in 2012-13, so it was just as pleasing to get the first win of the season on the board on home turf and with a display that offered plenty of encouragement.
The fact it was followed up by an even better performance – City beat AFC Wimbledon 2-0 last time out at home – merely heightened the new wave of optimism that a new season often brings.
The Dons game will, of course, be remembered for the outstanding debut of midfielder Matt Grimes, which in itself offered an insight into the future of Exeter City.
He was the catalyst for a brilliant team performance which was incomparable to so many at home last season.
The win has led to many fans looking forward to today's home clash with York City, rather than approach it with the kind of scepticism that preceded home games last year.
It was said that it did not matter where Exeter picked up their points last season, so long as they got them. There is some truth in that, but I think it does matter because it has knock-on consequences.
Attendances will fall away at home if a team struggles to perform, which will have an impact on club finances. That was proven last year, when City's attendances were disappointing for a team in the thick of the promotion race for virtually the entire season.
However, Paul Tisdale will be conscious of the fact that City's change in home form has led to a dip in results away from home. Exeter are yet to score on their travels this season and performed poorly in the second half at Morecambe last week in slipping to a 2-0 defeat.
Tisdale is sure to look at things closely before Exeter travel to Dagenham next week for their next away encounter. For now, though, he will want more of the same from the first half against Wimbledon when his players tackle York today.