Exeter City: Boss Paul Tisdale overjoyed by struggling side's League Two win
Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale has hailed his patched-up side after they got their second league win of the season at Colchester United.
Club captain Jordan Moore-Taylor played despite not being fully fit, while Luke Croll and Jack Stacey both made their debuts after joining on loan.
"I didn't pick the team until 13:20 and I changed my mind again at 13:25," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon.
"We had all sorts of problems going to the game, again with the back four."
Having led early on, City then came from 2-1 down to beat Colchester to get only their second three-point haul of the campaign, seeing them move from second-from-bottom in League Two up to 18th place.
"You either believe it or you don't and we did today, so I'm very proud of them," said Tisdale.
"I couldn't speak to them afterwards because I was so exhausted and drained. Other than saying thank you to them I didn't say much at the end, I was so exhausted."
Moore-Taylor was not expected to feature until late September as he recovered from a leg injury.
"Troy Brown woke up and failed a fitness test and Jordan Moore-Taylor had travelled, not to play but just to have some more treatment," said Tisdale.
"He ended up playing a week earlier than we had even half hoped he would, and the whole thing was just a real pickle for us.
"He wasn't physically or mentally ready for it but he stepped up very nicely."