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League Two

Tisdale looking ahead with optimism

26 August 2012

Exeter boss Paul Tisdale believes his side's 3-0 win over Accrington bodes well for the future.

It was the Grecians' second successive victory after the win over Aldershot in midweek and Tisdale, whose side were relegated last season, feels a perfect team performance has got their confidence up.

Alan Gow scored a double and Guillem Bauza added a late third at the Crown Ground to spoil the host's 100% start to the campaign.

"We did the simple things well," said Tisdale, who also saw Bauza miss a 72nd-minute penalty. "Everyone was in the right areas, the right positions and were thinking the right things. They held firm as a defensive unit and then got the goals.

"I have to commend the midfield four for their effort and covering the right areas and then John O'Flynn came on for the final half an hour and was outstanding.

"Alan obviously stands out with two goals, he has out-foxed the goalkeeper for the second and has done well, but there is a long season to go. He fits in with us and there were a lot of good performances out there.

"We built slowly and I was pleased with that. We have a lot of positive characters here and it bodes well for the future."

Stanley boss Paul Cook felt the defeat was a reality check for his side.

He said: "It's down to earth with a bump. It's an unforgiving league and we are a young team who will make mistakes - and we did. All we can do is keep working hard and hope we respond well.

"We have no complaints, we were beaten by the better side and the players will have to be some soul searching. Perhaps they believed the hype before the game after two wins but it is a long season and there is a lot of learning to do."

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