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Tisdale hails Grecians character

22 August 2012

Exeter boss Paul Tisdale admitted his side produced the sort of determined response he expected after their opening day defeat with a well-earned victory at Aldershot.

Having seen Jamie Cureton's opener cancelled out just two minutes later by Craig Reid's effort, Tisdale was delighted with the Grecians' winner from a fluid second-half counter-attack that resulted in Cureton's second.

"The response was as I imagined," said Tisdale. "We were very determined but a little contained and we didn't play with the freedom a win on Saturday would have perhaps given us.

"But you have to respond to events and after Saturday we were very damaged after a result none of us expected and we felt in our minds we wanted to keep the game as tight as possible and that's what we did."

In contrast Dean Holdsworth was left to rue the loss of two more players during the 90 minutes, injuries that the Aldershot boss felt had a significant impact on the game.

But he held no grudges against Anthony Tonkin, whose intercepted free-kick led to the winning goal, instead reiterating the importance of keeping up high standards this season.

"Tonkin has held his hands up and has taken the blame," said Holdsworth.

"We have never practiced what happened and it's one of those mistakes that we have to live with and on a night when I thought we were going to draw we came up against a decent side.

"And particularly I thought Cureton was a real threat all night long and caused us a lot of problems.

"A lot of teams who won Saturday have got beaten tonight and it is a gentle reminder for us we cannot be below par."

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