Exeter 2-1 Bristol Rovers

A goal from debutant Sam Parkin saw Exeter take all three points against Bristol Rovers.

City captain Danny Coles headed his side in front against his old club from a Craig Woodman corner.

But the home side's lead was soon cancelled out when Eliot Richards struck from close range after good work by Ellis Harrison.

Parkin stooped to head in Arron Davies' low cross for the winner although Coles cleared off the line at the death.

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Exeter boss Paul Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon:

"We needed a good start - it was about the result. You don't say that every week but today was about a performance that led to a result and we got it

"Both sides played better with the breeze. We had a good first half and I thought we were sharper and more robust but they made a very close game of it after the break.

"I was very mindful that last term we didn't have someone who could change things, but Sam Parkin gives us that option.

"We held firm and having scored the winner we were very resilient. All 11 players worked very hard and competed for everything."

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

"We've got a little bit too excited. A few of our young boys especially, in terms of them trying to win the game at 1-1 instead of getting the shape back in.

"We took a quick free-kick when our centre forward was lay on the floor so it's that sort of thing.

"Let's calm down and know how to win or get a point away from home in your first game.

"But I don't think my team could try any harder or work any harder."

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