Paul Tisdale glad no offers came in for his players in the January transfer window
Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale admitted he was pleased the January transfer window had passed without affecting his side.
Speculation leading up to Thursday transfer deadline day was that a bid from Gillingham was going to come in for City's star forward Alan Gow, but Tisdale confirmed on Friday that no such bid had been made.
"Fortunately, we've had no offers for players," said Tisdale. "I was hoping that we wouldn't have a late offer and then a period of time when I wasn't able to replace anybody, so I'm happy that never happened."
Tisale has managed to strengthen the squad slightly in the transfer window with the capture of Myles Anderson and Mark Molesley, who had an impressive debut against Torquay United on Monday.
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Having had a few days to reflect on a defeat to Torquay United on Monday, Tisdale says he hopes his side can release from any anxiety when the face Aldershot at home tomorrow.
"I thought we could have been a little more patient, and not quite so anxious with our passing [against Torquay]," he said. "That's not to say I wanted more passing – I just wanted it a little more composed and pragmatic, and I thought we rushed things and that there was an anxiety about the place. But that's natural when you're a goal down and desperate to win.
"I watched the game very closely afterwards from a number of different angles, and there wasn't a great deal that I was upset about."
Despite seeing the Shots languishing towards the wrong end of the table, Tisdale will not be taking them for granted. Aldershot ran Middlesbrough close in the FA Cup fourth round last weekend, with Lukas Jutkiewicz needing a 96th minute equaliser to put the Championship side through.
"They've been very close to taking a Championship side to a replay and they've needed a lot of effort and teamwork, determination and organisation to achieve such a close game," said Tisdale. "If they're able to do it against Middlesbrough, then I'm sure they'll be able to put some kind of similar performance in against us."