Tisdale delighted with work of O'Flynn
Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale hailed John O'Flynn as one of the best professionals he has worked with after the striker's match-winning contribution in the 2-0 home win over AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday.
The 30-year-old Irishman grabbed the second goal of the night as the Grecians recorded only their second win in ten League and Cup matches, but it was his constant running and all-round contribution that really caught the eye.
"You need energy in the team and that comes from all sorts of different types of player. John's energy is his constant running and we haven't really had that in the side since Adam Stansfield," Tisdale said.
"If you want someone who will drive and drive and drive for 90 minutes-plus and have the speed and endurance to do it, then John is that man.
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"I haven't seen a more dedicated professional at Exeter City for a long time, if at all, since I have been at the club. He has dedicated himself to being as fit and as lean and as mobile as he can be and it is a wonderful place to start for any player to be that fit.
"He made himself that fit and I am really pleased for him to get the goal that he got."
Tisdale added: "I said to the players at half-time – and I know it was Jamie who scored the goal – but I did pick John out as the stand out player in the first half. I told him and the players so because he epitomised what I think we needed.
"Although he didn't score a goal in the first half, I think he was our main player, so for him to get the goal was fantastic, although I would still be saying the same thing even if he hadn't scored. It was just what he needed and what we needed.
"He hasn't had many starts and he has had to come off the bench a few times and fill in and come on when we are chasing the game, so it was nice for him to start the game. Hopefully he will take that into Saturday."
The goal was O'Flynn's first since he equalised in the 1-1 draw with York on September 15 and it was his fifth of the campaign. Exeter's other scorer on Tuesday night was Jamie Cureton, whose superb low finish was his 11th of a productive campaign.
For Tisdale though, it really didn't matter who scored. Tuesday was all about the points and getting back to winning ways.
"The performance was secondary," he said. "It wasn't perfect, but it was satisfying to say the least.
"We started the game with a bit of energy and we put them under pressure. We defended from the front and we had some life about us, not that we haven't recently.
"Going into the game, nothing was mentioned about the way we were going to play, it was about how we conducted ourselves defensively and in open play."
The Grecians will aim to build on Tuesday's win this weekend when they play host to high-flying Fleetwood Town, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Rotherham in midweek.
"We have to build the season again and get the wheels turning and pick up points," Tisdale said. "If we can do that consistently, then it won't be relevant who we play, we just have to pick up points.
"Yes, we have to pick them off against those who are challenging for the play-offs, like us, and once we do that, we can start talking about six-pointers and things like that.
"We haven't earned the right to start thinking about that, we have to get ourselves going first and that will be my focus."
Meanwhile, the club have announced the sad passing of life president and former club chairman Clifford Hill at the age of 95.
Hill maintained a keen interest in the Grecians despite being unable to attend games and he was keen to protect the present and future of the Grecians with ownership of the Cat & Fiddle training ground.
His funeral is in Beer next Tuesday and chief executive Julian Tagg and football secretary Mike Radford will represent the club.
Exeter winger Jake Gosling, who scored the only goal of the game for Blue Square South side Dorchester Town, as they dumped Plymouth Argyle out of this season's FA Cup, has had his loan spell with the Magpies extended for a second month.