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Tisdale lauds Grecians character

19 September 2012

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale hailed the character his side showed as they twice fought back from falling behind to eventually prevail 3-2 against Wycombe.

Gareth Ainsworth's deflected shot opened the scoring for Wanderers in the fourth minute before Arron Davies levelled for Exeter midway through the first half. Dean Morgan put the Chairboys back in front in the 52nd minute with a fine header from a swift counter-attack before Exeter levelled again two minutes later with Jamie Cureton's sixth of the campaign.

And the Grecians finally got their noses in front and held on for the three points when captain Danny Coles showed great instinct with his back to goal to back-heel the winner midway through the second half. "The players were really pleased with themselves when they came in at full-time with the character they showed and so they should be," Tisdale said.

"We certainly didn't let our spirit drop. We started the game with an intensity and we carried it on for the whole game, even in the last 20 minutes at the end. It was a good all-round performance and possibly our best of the season so far.

"We did not expect the injuries we have had. In a fortnight, we have gone from having four fit strikers to one and even he (Cureton) is nursing a slight strain. But Jimmy Keohane made his first start and he was excellent.

"It shows you the merit of having a strong squad and a purposeful reserve team because at the drop of a hat, players were needed. Jimmy played fantastically well and was involved in all three of our goals. Tommy Doherty also came in and set up our play and I thought he also did extremely well."

Wycombe manager Gary Waddock was pleased with the performance from his side, but felt they lacked concentration at crucial times.

"The performance was very good, we got ourselves into good positions during the course of the game to alter the scoreline," he said "But the players have given their all and we looked a threat going forward. But we switched off and probably lost concentration a couple of times during the course of the game which has cost us.

"In many ways we should have got something from the game. If they do that and work they are going to be a threat because we have got some good players in our squad. We have just got to keep going, it's as simple as that. Not feel sorry for ourselves, just keep going because at some stage it is going to turn.

"The players have to take the positives from the performance but unfortunately we didn't get the result. I thought the work rate and endeavour was good, we used the ball well and we created chances."

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