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League Two

Tisdale staying composed

3 March 2013

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale was delighted with his side's comprehensive 3-0 win over Northampton but is refusing to get carried away by the Grecians' good form.

City had not beaten the Cobblers since 1984, but an own goal by Northampton goalkeeper Lee Nicholls and second-half goals from Jamie Cureton and Jake Gosling sealed a second win following Tuesday's triumph over Port Vale.

However, Tisdale's focus immediately turned to Wednesday's trip to Bristol Rovers, where a win for Exeter could take them into the automatic promotion spots.

"We were excellent," he said. "We have won the last two games and scored five goals. We played with one striker again and scored three goals, we played deep and won, so it is on to the next.

"It all counts for nothing because it is all about the next game and three points, whether it is at home or away. We will focus on that and go for it."

Gosling's stunning individual goal was the highlight in Exeter's win and saw the usually reserved Tisdale celebrate with delight on the touchline.

"It was the winning goal, that's why I enjoyed it," he said with Northampton looking their most dangerous at 2-0 down. "If it had been the opening goal, you wouldn't have seen a nerve move in me, I enjoyed it because it was the winning goal and today was all about winning the game, regardless of who scored."

Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd had no qualms with the result, but felt the opening goal was a foul on Nicholls.

"I think we got what we deserved, although the first goal is a foul on Lee (Nicholls)," he said. "Jamie Cureton is a wise old fox and he has got his elbow up around him and he has pinned him down. But Lee is 6ft 4in and he knows he needs to come for that.

"I have no complaints about the others - we got done at a corner, we got done at a wide free-kick and a counter-attack. You would have to say that we didn't deal with their threat from set-plays which is very unlike us and then we have had three off the line. It wasn't to be our day."


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