Exeter City: Manager Paul Tisdale praises his players after first win

Paul Tisdale
Tisdale spent a season on loan at Exeter during his playing career

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale has praised his players for "showing guts" in securing their first victory of the season.

The Grecians beat League Two newcomers Cambridge City 2-1, despite falling behind in the eighth minute.

"We played our game and I always back our way of playing and believe in it," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon.

"It is one of the best footballing performances I have had as manager of Exeter City."

Tisdale, who is the second-longest serving manager in the Football League, added: "We showed guts to believe in our brand of football.

"It was a proper passing game of football and we created some really good chances."

Exeter have lost four and drawn three of their previous seven matches and remain in the bottom two despite doubling their points tally.

However, Tisdale believes the players have responded to his criticisms of a lack of cutting edge upfront.

"I have been critical of the players up until the last two games that we haven't threatened the person in goal enough," he said.

"Today we got lots of bodies in the box attacking the ball and it is not a coincidence that it paid off."