PAUL TISDALE admitted he took more satisfaction from Saturday’s 2-1 win over York City than the recent win over AFC Wimbledon, as the Grecians maintained their 100 per-cent home record.
The win against the Minstermen was achieved after City had fallen behind and they showed great character in turning a potential defeat into victory.
It was also achieved without them playing the fluid kind of football that saw to Wimbledon in their last home encounter and Tisdale said he was delighted with the fighting qualities his team displayed.
“It is more satisfying because we pulled ourselves up from our boot straps,” Tisdale said. “Steve Perryman made the comment and it is right, because we improved our performance as we went on.
“It is three wins out of three at home and let’s hope it bodes well for our home form compared to last year. That is something we are conscious of, and I am pleased with how it is going.
“York City played really well,” he added. “I thought they were excellent and I am surprised they have had a poor start. I am not sure whether we were a bit low-key in the first half or they were excellent.
“They worked really hard for their manager and stopped from doing what we wanted to do and we had to pull ourselves up from our shoelaces.”
City were trailing and things appeared to go from bad to worse when John O’Flynn limped off with a hamstring pull. But, within 20 seconds of his introduction, Alan Gow hauled Exeter level before he won the game with a brilliant long-range strike in the second half.
“It was far from an inspired substitution because it was forced. That is not the way you want it, as John O’Flynn went off with a slight hamstring pull,” Tisdale said.
“Alan has trained very well over the last few weeks, he has had an interrupted pre-season, but I have been waiting for an opportunity, he has been waiting for an opportunity, and it presented itself. On he came, and scored.
“He played really well and it wasn’t just about his goals. He looked fluid in his play, he was mobile, he retained the ball well and moved it and some things we talked about recently he did. He did what he was asked to do. It was a terrific performance, but is anyone really surprised? I’m not, because he is capable of it.”
Gow has struggled to find the form he is capable of this season, after a pre-season disrupted by injury. At times, he appears to be trying too hard, but Tisdale believes he benefited from a pep talk in the manager’s office this week.
“We spent a really hard week on working with Alan and what he does when he comes on the pitch so that, when he comes on, he makes an impact,” Tisdale said. “It didn’t quite work for us when he came on at Morecambe last week.
“We sat him down in my office and discussed, when he comes on and he plays on the right or up front or on the left, what is he going to do, and it was a really useful chat.
“I wasn’t expecting John O’Flynn to come off, but Alan came on and did exactly what we discussed. We want him to be focused on what he can do because it can be hard for a player to sit there, sometimes they can drift and go off the boil. But he is on the boil at the moment, so that was a really useful chat.
“The first goal was a real pressure finish because it was his first touch, but the second was a really good finish. He kept his head over his knee and kept it low, there is nothing worse than the ball going over the crossbar – I hate that!”