Date: 13th August 2015 at 5:10pm
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Manager Paul Tisdale has said he was pleased to see Exeter book their place in round two of the Capital One Cup with our midweek two one win over Swindon Town.

Goals from Nicholls and Wheeler in the first half gave us the win although Swindon did make life complicated with one goal of their own just after the hour mark in the game.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, a happy Tisdale beamed.

‘It was a fantastic win for us. I said to the players that sometimes, you have to put your pride aside, and we agreed as a team that we’d let them have the ball. We were connected and defensively close, but we wanted to be fast and accurate on the break. I think that the first half showed that that was a plan worth taking.’

The gaffer went on to say that having taken the two goal lead, the second half was always going to be a different game because Swindon were undoubtedly going to make changes to try and get themselves back into it and he knows they caused us problems, but thankfully we held out.

‘We still stuck to the plan, though – it just shows you what you can do when you move together, defend and chase. We had that lead, and we stuck to it. Swindon had lots of possession and lots of shots, but we have to be thankful that our players stuck to the task and worked very hard for each other. The supporters were wonderful – they were always behind us, and we could hear them for twenty to twenty-five minutes at the end of the game. They pushed us along and it was a really enjoyable evening.’

Tisdale admits that this has been the plan before for us in games, and he knows it doesn’t always work but it for us this time and he couldn’t have been more delighted to have seen that happen.

‘It was the sort of game that you want to be a defender in. You know that for all of eighty-five minutes you’ll be defending your last third, and people like Troy Brown and Jordan Tillson were immaculate. Well done in particular to Jordan, who came in for us and did fantastically well. For someone like Ryan Harley, who spent the whole game shuffling and killing space, I do think he’s one of the best defenders I’ve had at Exeter. He might not dive into tackles and make big headers, but over my nine years he’s been one of the best. He covers the right areas; he cuts off the lines – he is very intelligent, and his performance, without touching the ball much at all, was wonderful.’

He ended his interview with praise for Nicholls.

‘I was delighted for Alex Nicholls – he showed a sudden confidence after that first goal – his break and dribble to create the second goal was brilliant. Will Hoskins came on and added some intensity to that top end of our side, and supported David Wheeler really well, but I have to say, it was a great team effort. I was without some of the players that I would normally have selected, but it was a wonderful outing for us. I’m really pleased to be in the next round for once!’

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