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Paul Tisdale delighted with Exeter City's first win at Portsmouth since 1923

30 September 2015

Exeter City recorded a first win at Portsmouth in 92 years on Tuesday, triumphing 2-1, and manager Paul Tisdale revealed his delight after the match.

Goals from David Wheeler and Arron Davies secured the long-awaited Fratton Park success, and meant that the Grecians repeated a feat they achieved a few weeks prior – to hand the leaders of Sky Bet League 2 their first defeat of the season.

Last time it was Leyton Orient, this time it was Pompey, who dropped to third in the table as a result. Tisdale's Exeter, meanwhile, are up to ninth after ending a run of back-to-back defeats.

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“This was a satisfying result on a number of grounds,” the manager reflected, to the club's official website.

“First, we’d just lost our last two, and it stopped us from making that three. The second was that we hadn’t won here since 1923, which I read in the programme before the game. For those reasons I was delighted to win.

“Fratton Park is a great place to come and play football, and always presents a great challenge. It was a big game for us, and we did the job.

“Right from the first minute, the travelling fans got behind us, and that double-block within the first few minutes may have been one of the most important, if not the most important, moments in the game. The players stuck to their jobs and kept their discipline.

“We’ve been here the past two years and taken Portsmouth on and opened things up and come away with nothing. We could have done that again, but having just lost two games, it was too important for us to take any chances today, and we played a very disciplined game.

“Sometimes there’s no harm in not having the ball; you can set yourself up to attack the game without the ball. It was a real tussle; not a performance that we’d usually give, but one that was needed. We deserved the three points.”

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