Tisdale full of praise for his Grecians after earning another success on road
Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale was delighted with his side after they picked up their ninth away win of the season with a 2-1 victory at York City.
The win equalled the club record of nine away wins in a season set by Tisdale's League Two runners-up of 2009 and, with ten away games still to play this campaign, the current squad stand every chance of beating that record and creating their own piece of City history.
"It was a very competent and pragmatic type of performance," Tisdale said. "We were slow to get started, but it was a very heavy and slow pitch. It was about covering the pitch and moving as a group, being close to the ball and doing the basics well. It was a typical January game.
"We defended our box well and I am delighted with the win because it keeps us going forward. It doesn't matter where we get our points from because every game is a winnable game. We approached the game very well and I am very pleased."
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The win was City's fifth away from home in succession – their best run away from home for 35 years – and the City chief was delighted with the way his side played on the counter-attack.
"Alan Gow did very well winning the ball for the first goal and it was a great run by Jimmy Keohane," Tisdale said. "That is what he does best and, had their chap not thundered it into his own net, then John O'Flynn would have scored, but it was great movement by John to get into the position.
"We are not too proud and I don't mind where the goals come from as long as the ball hits the back of the net.
"It was then great combination by Steve Tully and Kevin Amankwaah for the second goal. John O'Flynn made a great run to the near post and it was great to see Jimmy score because he has waited a long time for that goal."
It was only really after half-time that Exeter enjoyed a dominant spell in the game, with the home side the better in the opening 45 minutes. The Grecians defended well, though, and it was the half-time introduction of Amankwaah which swung the game their way.
"It was a good start, although we were a bit open in the first 20 minutes and they scored their goal from the one area of the field where they had dominance," Tisdale said. "They got through there two or three times, but I changed the set-up and made sure we covered the area better.
"I spent almost 15 minutes at half-time with the coaches because I wanted to get Matt Oakley into the middle of the field. He was a bit out on a limb and the only way I could do that was to take off either Scot [Bennett] or Tommy [Doherty].
"I thought Tommy had a very good first half and was probably better than Scot Bennett, but he hasn't played many games over the last six weeks and I couldn't afford to take off Scot and have Tommy break down in the second half.
"It was a strange decision in that Tommy was playing very well, but, as it turned out, it worked out very well for us. Matt went in the middle and kept the distances well, we also had Steve Tully on a yellow card and I didn't want him up against their winger having already been booked, so those decisions all sort of worked out for themselves, really.
"The players worked tremendously hard and put in a real shift again. I am finding it hard to compliment them any more because they did really well."