PAUL Tisdale admits he is facing a conundrum ahead of Exeter City's match against Mansfield Town on Saturday as he looks set his side up with a winning away formula.
Exeter City's form on the road last campaign was record-breaking as the Grecians won 11 games away from St James's Park.
Part of the reason for that was that City were set up well to hit sides on the counter, with the creativity of Alan Gow and the speed of Jamie Cureton posing problems.
And while Cureton may have left in the summer, City still have the players at their disposal to be a very good counter-attacking side.
The trouble is, on the back of the excellent performance against Bristol Rovers on Saturday, City seem to have added another string to their bow with the imposing figure of Sam Parkin offering a more physical approach up front, leaving Tisdale with a positive dilemma.
"I think one thing we discovered last year was that we had a team dynamic that worked very well away from home, but not so good at home," said Tisdale. "So I have to decide then if I select my team to try out different styles or a style that works both well at home and away.
"It is definitely a consideration for me, but the team played so well against Bristol Rovers that all players will be deserving of another selection and keeping their place. That is really the conundrum for me."
One player who will not be in contention to start on Saturday though is Matt Oakley.
He is about two weeks away from full fitness, but other than that Tisdale has a full squad at his disposal.
This will be a boost for the boss as he heads to Field Mill for the first time.
Exeter have not played Mansfield since 2002. Part of the reason for this is that the Stags have spent the last few season in the Football Conference but, having won the division last season with a massive 95 points, Tisdale is expecting a tough match.
"Recent history would show us that any team being promoted from the Conference, and I suppose we were one of them a few years ago, go in to League Two and are very competent," he said.
"There is a whole list of teams to have done that, particularly the likes of Crawley and Stevenage.
"So I think even without too much knowledge of Mansfield ourselves, just those stats will tell us that Saturday could be a particularly tough game.
"They are of course another former Football League team, they have got good Football League pedigree, and now that they are on the rise again, they shouldn't be underestimated."
A win on Saturday would put City towards the top of the League Two table and, on the back of an excellent performance against Bristol Rovers, optimism would be high in the camp.
Tisdale said it would not do any harm for his side to draw on the positive energy in the squad at the moment, but issued a word of caution saying it is too early to start looking at their league position.
"I would say 10 games is when you get a fair indication of where you sit as a side as it is around a quarter of the way into the season," he said.
Predicted line-up: Krysiak, Dawson, Coles, Baldwin, Woodman, Davies, Bennett, Sercombe, Wheeler, Gow, Parkin